Management Team

Collectively, we are Factor5. Separately, we bring a range of backgrounds, qualifications and experience across a variety of industries to get results for our clients.

Brian Clark

Brian Clark

Chief Executive Officer

Robine Stephenson

Robine Stephenson

Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand

Russell van Sanden

Russell van Sanden

Executive Director, Technical Services and Operations

Carolyn McInnis

Carolyn McInnis

Executive Director, Client Success and Product Management

Michael Bobele

Michael Bobele

Executive Director, Professional Services

Board of Directors

Brian Clark

CEO and Director

Steve Somogyi

Chair

Jodie Moule

Non-Executive Director

Mark Jobling

Non-Executive Director

Scott Bache

Non-Executive Director

Our Story

Birth of an idea

Since I developed my first BASIC application on an Apple IIc in 1984, I’ve been interested in solving real world problems with technology. A career in software development brought me to management and leadership roles in Banking and then into Higher Education. Then one fateful day in 2014, a senior academic colleague invited me to be part of the team preparing her faculty’s submission for course accreditation by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). It was a mammoth, and entirely manual process.

There has to be a better way, I thought. Surely someone has already solved this problem. After scanning the market globally, I was convinced that no company was addressing Curriculum Management, end-to-end, properly. Someone should. And that someone may as well be me, and thus Factor5’s purpose was set and CourseLoop was born.

Brian Clark

Brian Clark

Founder and CEO, Factor5 Software

Timeline

2015

September

Brian identifies Curriculum Management as a challenge and an opportunity.
Jon Whitmee joins the cause.
Work on CourseLoop begins literally at Brian’s kitchen table.

November

Brian and Jon move into our first actual office (looked more like a closet).

2016

May

Monash University signed as first CourseLoop client and we get a massive 5-person serviced office!

July

Monash goes live with the first ever release of CourseLoop Lifecycle for university-wide Course Management.

December

We move into our first ‘real’ office – with space to accommodate 20 team members.

2017

January

We begin work with Murdoch University.

May

Factor5 wins the inaugural ServiceNow CreatorCon Challenge, and ServiceNow invests US$250k in our business.

June

We begin work with QUT.

September

We begin work with UNSW.

2018

April

We begin work with the University of Wollongong -Factor5’s 5th client!

April

QUT goes live with their first release of CourseLoop Lifecycle.

April

We move offices again – everyone can breathe out.

July

UNSW goes live with the first ever CourseLoop-powered Student Handbook.

September

We begin working with Macquarie University.

September

CourseLoop Community is launched.

September

University of Wollongong goes live with CourseLoop Lifecycle.

October

We reach 50 Factor5 team members!

2019

January

New year, new website!

Take the first step today

Changing the way you manage your curriculum starts with a conversation. Download our white paper to learn more – or get in touch to discuss your needs.