Meet the people behind the people.

We’re a close-knit, collaborative group who have helped build and advise hundreds of companies at the seed stage here and around the world. But we’re humans first and hard-working startup land people second.


Independent minds, working as one.

Skalata is a community helping one another succeed. This includes our team, board, portfolio founders, advisors, investors, and broader network. When you work with Skalata, you work with all of us.

Rohan Workman

Co-founder & CEO
Rohan has been an integral part of the Australian startup ecosystem for nearly a decade as a founder, director and advisor. Previously, he was the Director of the Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP).

Maxine Lee

Maxine is a leading authority in designing programs which help companies from inception to growth and acquire their first round of funding. In 2020, Maxine was named in Forbes 30 under 30.

Anthony Glenning

Fund Manager
Anthony is a seasoned investment professional and Non-Executive Director with a career spanning over 25 years in the software development industry, 14 of those in California's Silicon Valley.

Mei Chesson

Financial Controller
Mei brings more than 15 years of corporate accounting and finance experience to Skalata Ventures, having previously worked at KPMG, GlaxoSmithKline and Toll Holdings.

Sarah Abendschein

Seed Program Administration Manager
Sarah has extensive startup and technology sector experience, having previously worked in San Francisco at Australian-founded PDF software company Nitro.

Eve Burgess

Fund Operations Officer
Eve brings over 20 years of financial management experience in both industry and venture capital, notably as CFO at Starfish Ventures.

Tom Smalley

Portfolio Manager
Tom brings a wealth of legal and financial experience to Skalata, having spent five years working for leading Australian corporate law firm King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) in the Corporate M&A team.

Sam Henderson

Marketing Manager
Sam has over 10 years of international marketing experience, and has helped accelerate growth in both early-stage and ASX-listed financial and technology companies.

Vanessa Hutchinson

Program Coach
Vanessa brings diverse legal, operational and financial experience from roles at Goldman Sachs, Rampersand and most recently, global tech startup, Myagi.

Guy Franklin

Program Coach
Guy is a strategic technology leader who co-founded real time video streaming company, mView. He has also led teams at Telstra Labs and mentored startups at Telstra’s Accelerator, muru-D.

Peter Laurie

Program Coach
Peter is the founder of Junta, a consulting firm which provides advice to the innovation ecosystem on how to innovate, implement, and deliver to both consumers and businesses.

Mark B Johnson

Program Coach
Mark is a strategic advisor, board member and executive coach for a number of tech companies in Australia and the US. For the last two decades, he has worked within the VC community in Silicon Valley.

Justine Lum

Justine brings a wealth of experience in both investment banking and law, having previously worked at Morgan Stanley, Macquarie Bank and international law firm, Ashurst.

Wahid Tashkandi

Wahid joins Skalata from one of the fastest growing scale-ups in the UK, Paddle, and has spent the last four years helping them scale from under 30 employees to 200, while also raising over $90m USD.

Been there, done that.

We don't aspire to be thought leaders. We've built Skalata from the ground-up to offer hands-on, day-to-day support to those pursuing the next big thing.