Meet the team
We couldn’t devise the most intelligent approach to car ownership without a great team.
I’m originally from Canada but grew up in both Hong Kong and Melbourne, thanks to the international paths of my parents’ careers. After University and some contract work, a job offer led me to Sydney which eventually led me to Autopia, where I’ve been since 2011.
Programming has always been my destiny; I was on a computer before I could crawl. My Mum (also a computer programmer) used to sit me on her lap with a program she wrote; it would show a letter on the screen until I pressed it on the keyboard.
Having been here since 2011, I’m on my second novated lease, with a Golf GTI. My first novated lease, with a Polo, finished just as we had our first child and we decided that a larger, more child-practical car was next (we also wanted something fun to drive on the weekend). Thanks to salary packaging, the out-of-pocket price difference was disproportionate to the difference in value of the car upgrade so it was an easy decision!
My first car was a frugal and furious 1993 Mazda 121, affectionately nicknamed “the flying bubble”. Over its life, I had taken it from the skidpan on the track to sliding through muddy trails on dirt roads and it always served me well. Thinking back now, I still smile.
We decided to take advantage of our salary-packaging-savings and go for a driving holiday one time. We ditched the GPS and relied only on a road map that we picked up at a service station. We completed over 5,000km from Sydney through outback NSW, to Adelaide then around the coast to Melbourne and back home through the Snowy Mountains.
We had our little VW Polo at the time and it was packed to the roof with camping equipment, clothes and water. We camped everywhere we could and made a conscious effort to stay nearby rivers and lakes – temperatures soared to 40*C+ in some places and swimming was a necessity.
Our detour through Mungo National Park stands out in my mind. We had to ensure our petrol and water supplies were plentiful before leaving the closest town, as there was nothing for the next 150km. After bouncing around on corrugated roads for far too long, we made it to the national park and we were not disappointed. The Walls of China were beautiful at dusk and walking along the sand dunes transported us somewhere in the mid Sahara desert.
From a driving point of view, driving into Adelaide through the Hills during sunset and along The Great Alpine Road and Benambra-Corryong Road in Victoria were sensational.
The people here are awesome both at and outside of work; the team is like an extended family. I also thrive on a challenge and developing the best online user experience to both our internal team and our customers, identifying and fixing glitches to craft a complete solution, meets that everyday. Total job satisfaction.