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|DEAN GILLESPIE BEc MFin JP
Founder, Chairman and Chief Sparkler (CEO)
Dean Gillespie founded SparkleVote and the SparkleTheWorld initiative in early 2016. In his role as Chief Sparkler, he is accountable for SparkleVote's strategic direction and operations. Dean is also the majority shareholder of SparkleVote.
Dean has an extensive background in psephology and consulting on election results. Earlier in his career, he built "AustraliaVotes", a computer system which is still regularly used at every election by some of Australia's major political parties. On election night, Dean is regularly present providing consulting advice with party campaign directors on how to call election results and seats on television.
Dean has also held senior executive roles at a number of large companies including leading the retail bank and digital operations for a bank in Asia. Within Australia, Dean has also been Head of Strategy and Head of Home Loan Sales at some of Australia's biggest banks, and regularly speaks at international conferences. He has previously been an elected official in government, and has been a director of not-for-profit organisations (such as ThinIce Productions Ltd).
Dean holds a Bachelor of Economics from The University of Sydney, and a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University, Sydney. Dean is passionate about democracy and set up the SparkleTheWorld initiative with the aim of helping to support democracy in some of the poorest countries in the world.
|Dr COURTNEY FIELD BA(Hons) PhD
Chief Electoral Sparkler
Courtney Field joined SparkleVote in 2016 and is responsible for the efficient running of all SparkleVote voting events. In this role, he is also designated the Returning Officer and final arbiter of any voting disputes raised by voters with respect of voting events.
Courtney has lectured extensively in statistics and law at some of Australia's leading universities (University of Technology, Sydney and Murdoch University). He holds a doctorate in psychology, and has a deep understanding of the drivers of voter behaviour.
Courtney holds a Bachelor of Arts with first-class honours from the University of Western Australia and a PhD from Murdoch University.
Head of SparkleTheWorld initiative
Gareth Perkins leads the SparkleTheWorld initiative, having joined SparkleVote in September 2016. In this role, Gareth is responsible for SparkleVote's grant program which is focused on supporting democracy around the world and makes recommendations to the SparkleVote Executive Committee on where grant funds should be deployed.
Earlier in his career, Gareth was a major-candidate nominee for the Australian House of Representatives. He has also held a range of specialist roles, including at International SOS where he supported teams spread across the world logistically, giving him a detailed understanding on operations in many developing nations. Gareth has a deep understanding of international affairs, and serves as a key adviser within SparkleVote on opportunities to enhance democracy worldwide.