Our Team

Hope lies behind the door of every classroom in the world. 
At Upschool, our dedicated team of people are committed to redefining what happens in those classrooms.

Founding Team: Gavin McCormack & Richard Mills

(Co-Founders of Upschool.co)

It became clear very quickly that Gavin McCormack & Richard Mills were on similar life journeys. 

Gavin was the principal of Farmhouse Montessori School on the northern beaches in Sydney and Richard was running a unique digital agency that serviced the education sector called Digital Schools.

Both were on a mission though – and it was to create meaningful and lasting change in the world. To shape the hearts, minds and spirits of students, teachers and families and more broadly speaking, humanity. 

And when the vision was born on how to scale this shared mission, it made perfect sense to team up and get to work on building Upschool.  

Meet Gavin McCormack

Co-Founder

Having written a series of books for both children and adults on education, researching and representing Sir Kenny Dalglish’s Life story as a rhyming picture book, running his own publishing firm, charity and being a school Principal, Gavin was nominated for Australian Principal of the Year 2020, is a TEDx speaker, was nominted for Australian Author of the Year in 2017, is an Australian of the Year Nominee and was named as the 10th Most Influential Educator in the World by Linkedin.

On a quest for educational equality, Gavin has worked tirelessly to raise money to personally build many schools, libraries and teacher training centres in the Himalayan region of Nepal across the last 5 years, all this whilst successfully running one of Australia’s best Montessori primary schools.

Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Meet Richard Mills

Co-Founder

“My life ambition is be aligned with truth, honesty and love. Through my work and personal relationships I want to inspire others to do the same, so together we can change our world for the better”.

Richard would describe Upschool as a culmination of his life’s work. He taught in schools for 9 years, has built and grown 5 companies in a range of fields and worked tirelessly toward building a life where he can make a positive difference in the world.

His curiosity now sits with how many people he can inspire to live a life of deep purpose. Upschool is Richard’s vehicle to explore this. 

Location: Melbourne, Victoria

Meet Jake Davies

General Manager

As humankind faces its greatest challenges, there has never been a more important time to be alive. It’s no coincidence that our souls have chosen to animate at this critical time in human history. The question is: what have you been called to do?” – Jake Davies

Jake aspires to be ‘the change he wants to see in the world’, living his life with intention, purpose and a deep commitment to creating a better life for all. His current role at Upschool.co aligns this passion with the critical task of educating the future leaders of our planet – our children – to empower them to make a lasting and impactful difference in the world.

From the classroom to the boardroom, Jake’s broad professional experience is underpinned by an unyielding desire to make a meaningful contribution to elevating the consciousness of others and preserving the planet. Jake is passionate about education, the environment, social justice, human rights and equality, and believes that we all have a responsibility to ensure that the world we leave behind for our children is better than the one we inherited.

Jake holds an MBA (Master of Business Administration – Deakin), Bachelor of Arts (ACU), Bachelor of Teaching (ACU) and is completing a Master of Leadership (Deakin).

Location: Byron Bay, New South Wales

Meet Ashesh Poudel

Chief Technology Officer

Ashesh Poudel is a confident professional with an infectious enthusiasm for all things tech with over 11 years of hands-on experience in the field of Information Technology. He did his Postgraduate in IT in Australia.

Ashesh has co-founded a community media channel and a business directory targeted to the Nepalese community in Australia where the programs of the media highlight the success stories of Nepalese in Australia and around the world in a hope that their viewers will be motivated or gain valuable information on what it takes to be successful.

Apart from web development, Ashesh has worked as a video producer. Ashesh originates from Kathmandu, Nepal and has now resides in Sydney.

He has joined our team at Upschool.co as Chief Technology Officer, overseeing and managing our team of 4 web developers.

Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Meet Anusha Shrestha

Customer Success Manager

“You can do anything if you set your mind to it.”

Anusha’s passion is to make use of creative skills for making a difference in the fields of education. Having a progressive mindset and starting her professional journey back in 2011, she has trained herself in the corporate management sector, growing hand in hand with evolving digital marketing and web development technology.

Upon moving to Australia, she brought together her Nepalese community with her influential talk show called “The Influence Academy with Anusha”. She brought together all Nepalese Businesses on a single platform. Also, She has co-founded a network of global education influencers, with the overall organization of the platform, alongside the management of all its features inclusively bringing Influencers together for global collaboration. She has successfully organized various global events by successfully communicating with Influencers worldwide, receiving their priceless positive feedback. She has been making a difference by bringing people together and making an impact. She goes live every day on Facebook at 7:05 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time with her Storytime. She started doing the live storytelling sessions on October 22nd, 2021, and since then, she has been running it consecutively every day. Children from all over the world tune in for her session filled with kindness, compassion and empathy.

Upon joining Upschool, she will be our leading representative for our Customer Success deployment as our head of Customer Service alongside the overall organization of the brand’s digital presence.

Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Meet Mathew Kalyan

Operations Manager: Subcontinent

“I feel kindness and love is free”

I hold a bachelors degree in commerce and I have 17 years experience working with international not-for-profit organizations such as World Vision, GIZ (In India its called KGTTI) and working with youth and community development. I have experience in project management, finance and logistics and using these skills to support the Upschool mission is something I am very excited about. One of my core roles is to oversee the construction and logistics of our library building projects in the region. Educational equality is something I am very passionate about.  

I like to keep things simple in life, by working with integrity and transparency. 

One of my biggest passions is to provide opportunity and support to young people who have lost confidence in themselves and encourage them to have an equal footing in the community.

Outside of work, I love spending time with family and friends and I love watching birds, spending time in nature and talking with elderly people.

Location: Bangalore, India

Meet Sri Srini

Post Production Manager / Senior Editor

I really enjoy the process of bringing footage to life and telling a story.

I started editing when was young! It became a strength from a young age and I always knew I wanted to pursue it as a career. I am very excited now to be using these skills in the Upschool team to help make our world a better place.

I take every opportunity to showcase and develop my skills and I always hope the work I produce bring a smile to people’s faces. And I hope it inspires them as well.

Outside of work, I love getting in my car and driving. Road trips give me time to think and come up with new ideas and inspiration. 

Qualifications: Professional 2D Graphics & Advanced Visual Effects (ADVFX). Graphic and Web Design

Location: Bangalore, India