About Us

Pioneering the wellbeing check-in

We are a diverse team, brought together from across the globe by a common goal to make sure students have a voice that is heard and acted upon

Why we built Skodel?

Skodel was founded on a strong belief that checking in should be a purposeful and deliberate part of every school community. We knew that rapid social, cultural and technological changes were presenting different psychological challenges. The very word ‘disruption’ had become the marker for innovation. And yet, for all the advancements we had made across every objective measure of well being available, mental illness continued to rise. Perhaps most concerning was that very few (18-34%) would speak out, even if they were under severe psychological distress. This makes proactive approaches to wellbeing immensely challenging as problems often remain under the surface.
Skodel Check-In was built to unlock those voices by providing engaging outlets to tell it how it is, and then translating this into simple and powerful stories that would be heard and actioned by those that could provide additional support. What began as a way to identify potential wellbeing issues before they became problems, quickly turned into something more as we noticed students weren’t just expressing concerns, but also accomplishments, hopes and passions. Ultimately, we were helping foster stronger teacher-student relationships through the simple act of checking-in. Students knew they were being cared for and listened to. Students had a voice that was being heard and acted on.

Meet The Team

Peter O’Connell

Chairman

Huon Peard

Co-Founder & CTO

Lily Laurankova

UX Designer

Alan Sammarone

Senior Engineer

Julian Fagan

Co-Founder & CEO

Martin Goodrich

CFO

Iswanto Arif

UX Designer

Maggie Boutros

Legal

Ian Fagan

Co-Founder & CEO

Shubham Shah

Application Security Engineer

Ghani Pradita

UX Designer

Educators, Psychologists & Researchers

We mix practitioner experience with educator experience to ensure that our tools are not only scientifically reliable but also acknowledge the practical realities of the busy school environment.

Chris Tan

Educator

Timothy Kelleher

Educator

Olivia Appleton

Educator

Andrew Fuller

Psychologist

Professor Jane Burns

Psychologist

Erin Castillo

Educator

School Relationships Team

Experienced, dedicated and compassionate. Our school relationships team will go on the journey with you to ensure you get the most out of Skodel Check-In

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Warren Scharenguivel

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Julian Fagan

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Ian Fagan

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Mary Pozzobon

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New Zealand 🇳🇿

Gillian Birch

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Stuart Birch

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Jono Campbell

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UK 🇬🇧

Huw Jones

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Ben Goldsmith

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Alexandra Rideau

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James Sanders

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Kevin Reeves

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Nicole Bannon

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Values We Live by

Whilst we will always strive to evolve as an organisation and individuals, our core values will remain the same.

Simplicity

Hans Hofmann famously said “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” To impact, we must make simple work at all levels.

Transparency

No meetings take place ‘behind closed doors’. We have an open, honest and readily available approach to sharing information. And we cannot expect to build and maintain trust without it.

Flexibility

Each person, organisation and community is unique. It is one of the core reasons we steered clear of traditionally prescriptive and rigid frameworks. There truly is no ‘one size fits all’.

Empathy

We must acknowledge practical realities. Often, things will be good in theory and fail to work in practice because we lack the necessary understanding of users’ realities.

Making the regular wellbeing check-in work

Over a number of years, we have rigorously tested, iterated and developed to make the simple wellbeing check-in, a powerful and valuable practice within school communities. Here is some of what we have learned about the wellbeing check-in.
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Engineering

Senior Backend Engineer

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Developer Operations Engineer

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Mid Level Backend Engineer

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Machine Learning Engineer

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Mobile App Engineer

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Research

Principal Researcher

Sydney, Australia

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Partnerships

We partner with leading research organisations on a project by project basis.

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Sales & Marketing

Sales & Partnership Manager

Sydney, Australia

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Content Creator

Sydney, Australia

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Design & UX

UX Designer

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