MEET THE TEAM
Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director
Dr Gráinne Oates is the CEO and Founder of Quitch. She is also a leading educator in the accounting field, and currently holds the position of Associate Professor in Accounting at Swinburne Business School. Dr Oates has taught at a tertiary level both in Australia and internationally. She is a passionate educator, and is motivated to improve the student learning experience through the use of innovative technologies. Prior to her career in academia, Gráinne worked in the pharmaceutical industry for JRH Biosciences (a CSL company).
Quitch is a content-neutral, gamified mobile learning platform, which Dr Oates developed at Swinburne University for her first year accounting students. It was built to address certain student learning challenges that Dr Oates had identified, and had a hugely positive, measurable impact on her students’ engagement and performance. Since being spun off from the University in March 2016, Quitch has been taken up by universities in a number of countries across the world. It has also moved outside the education sector and into industries like oil and gas, logistics and the pharmaceutical industry, where it is being used for compliance training and professional development.
Quitch has won many awards for its innovation, both nationally and internationally, including the American Accounting Association (AAA) for Innovation Award, The Australian Financial Review Higher Education Technology Award, iAwards start up of the year (Victoria), iAwards Mobility Innovation of the Year (Victoria), and The Peoples Choice Award at Pause Fest 2018.
Oji Udezue (Former Head of Product for Communications tools, Atlassian). Oji is an innovation focused and multi-disciplined business leader and general manager with a proven track record for building products and bringing them to market, while managing and mentoring high performance teams. He is a US based start up mentor, entrepreneur and investor. Oji build products that enhance the way we live and work. Oji spent a decade with the team that built Windows, before joining the world’s largest hedge fund Bridgewater. Oji successfully created then divested tech company Intermingl.
Jane Hewitt is the founder of Unilodge a pioneer and leading provider of student accommodation in Australia and New Zealand. She developed this business into an operation with assets of approximately $ 1 billion. Jane is also to Chair of the Beacon Foundation. The Foundation works to create an Australia that understands, cares and is motivated to support young people to successfully transition from education to meaningful employment. Jane has been a valued advisor since January 2018.
Quitch Business Development
Reed Leighton is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director of Leighton O’Brien, responsible for leading the organisation’s global operations and strategic direction. Reed began his career at Shell where he managed Shell’s Australian retail and distribution network for safety, environmental and security compliance. Reed is a well-known industry leader in software and engineering services for the global oil industry. Reed responsibility at Quitch is establish the strategic business development function to drive top line revenue, for the domestic market and establishing the global distribution model.
Chief Technical Officer
Matt Weston is the Quitch CTO. Matt has 15 years of IT experience, with specialist skills in software development, product feature design and enhancement, technical problem solving and team management. Having previously worked in both the tertiary and corporate sectors, Matt enjoys roles that enable him to meaningfully contribute to innovative software development projects. He is excited by opportunities in which he plays a key role in early stage development and/or implementation, mentor up and coming developers and substantially value add to the growth potential of start-ups and entrepreneurial technology companies.
Customer Success Manager
Sandra has built a strong customer focused career over the past 12 years, having worked in varied sectors across different cultures, including the tertiary sector and agency environment. Her experience ranges from customer focused and international marketing roles across business to business and business to consumer markets. Her main area of interest is in helping businesses internationalise by advising on and executing internationalisation strategies, cross-cultural negotiations and international marketing.
Working in the development industry for over 10 years along with having a passion and knowledge of Visual Arts. Incorporating these to fields of knowledge and passion Michael embraces the freedom and creative coding that enables him to look at complex tasks with a simple analytical approach to solutions. Michael has had the pleasure of working with an array of national and international companies including the secondary and tertiary education, helping each turn their vision into a reality. Michael has worked with many different disciplines including designers, upper management, creatives and even industrial designers. Michael leads with a smile and by example, working collectively with his team achieving positive and sustainable outcomes. Michael also enjoys long walks on the beach.