The Trustees

The Trustees

Gavin Appel

Gavin built his career in the technology industry over the past 20 years holding global operational roles in start-ups, corporates and the venture capital industry. He founded Ignition Lane in 2018 to work with ambitious leaders to unlock the potential within businesses and deliver results. Prior to Ignition Lane, Gavin was one of the first employees and CTO at Hitwise (acquired for US$240 million), SVP at Experian and VC Partner at Square Peg Capital.

Ricci Swart BEc (Monash)

Ricci Swart was appointed in December 2009.  Ricci has over twenty years experience in multimedia development and film production and extensive experience in the education sector.  She founded Ricci Swart Multimedia Pty Ltd, which produced award winning documentaries and a feature film which screened in Australia and internationally.  She also founded dotPhilanthropy, a consulting firm advising the philanthropic sector on the potential of information technology.

Ricci was the inaugural Manager of the Victorian Government’s Multimedia 21 Fund and was on the Advisory Committee of the Film Victoria, Digital Media Fund.  She was previously a Board Member of The Koorie Heritage Trust and The Centre for Adolescent Health.  Ricci has also been a Board Member of The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and is currently Chair of their Marketing & Development Sub-Committee.  She is also a Board member of Shir Madness (Jewish Music Festival).

Sally Joy

Sally Joy was appointed in December 2009. Sally has worked in education technology for more than twenty five years. She worked at Monash University for twenty years in a wide range of roles including Head of the Department of Marketing and Associate Dean, Education, Technology and Innovation and was the inaugural academic director for Open Universities Australia and worked with Think Education as Victorian State Director and Deputy Director of Think Futures. Sally is currently the Campus and Online Manager for SAE Qantm. Sally is published widely in the area of education and buyer behaviour and has a strong interest in how technology supports a move to a more sustainable lifestyle. She has worked with the Telematics Trust since1996 and chaired the funding assessment group for over ten years.

Danny Gorog

Danny Gorog is a founder, investor and currently the CEO of Snap Send Solve. He is an active investor in early-stage start-ups as well as a board member and adviser. In September 2009, Danny co-founded Outware Mobile (, Australia’s leading mobile app developer responsible for developing apps for ASX 100 companies. Danny is also currently a board member at Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Director at DWS Group (ASX:DWS)