Meet our leadership team

We’re led by forward thinkers and game changers. Our leaders combine an abundance of expertise and a serious dedication to providing the greatest guidance.

Mark Burgess

CEO A.K.A Chief Entertainment Officer

Mark is the Chief Entertainment Officer of LEAP Dev. His job consists of convincing smart people who get things done to come and work for LEAP Dev then keeping them happy, entertained and motivated with lots of cool legal-tech projects, the best equipment money can buy, a great office and an awesome culture.

Mark graduated university in 2002 (directly after the “tech wreck”) and was lucky enough to find a job at LEAP Dev as an Analyst/Programmer for the princely sum of 30K p/a (which he thought was pretty good considering he was still living at home). Mark embarked on creating “LEAP Accounting” to complement LEAP Dev’s flagship document automation and matter management product “LEAP Documents”. Over the years as LEAP Dev’s products and projects grew in success so did Mark’s career being promoted to Software Development Manager in 2007, Chief Software Architect in 2014 and CEO in 2015.

(Mark no longer lives at home)

Nat Whelan

Head of People & Culture A.K.A Nerd Herder

Nat joined us in 2019 as our Head of People and Culture with a mission to create amazing worklife experiences at LEAP Dev. To Nat, P&C is more than just HR; it’s understanding who our LEAPsters are and ensuring they have everything they need to grow, succeed, feel safe and have fun at work.

As an introvert, Nat plays to her strength as a listener and loves finding what makes people tick. She began her career in event management but after landing an internal events gig, she became obsessed with all things P&C and followed her real passion. If you ask her, she feels lucky to have found her purpose and loves to help people find theirs.

When she’s not P&Cing you can usually find Nat wandering outdoors. Whether it’s at beaches with family, markets with friends or parks with her ridiculously beautiful dog, she’s happy as long as she’s outside.

Robert Segner

Head of Development A.K.A Chief Pub Herder

Robbie Segner has always been a coding whiz so it made a lot of sense when he studied computers at university for a degree in Information Systems. It wasn’t until shortly after that he realised that the question, “could you take a look at my computer, it’s (insert trivial problem here)”, enraged in him the burning fury of 10,000 suns. In 2012, Robbie started his LEAP journey on the Helpdesk for LEAP Accounting. Whilst accounting seemed great, it was here where Robbie really developed a passion for software.

Nowadays, Robbie, or “ROGER!” as we like to call him, oversees software development for our desktop products. Need help with writing something obscure in 4D? Robbie Segner is your go-to. In addition to his responsibilities as Head of Development, he also serves as the Chief Pub Goer who firmly believes that lots of laughs and drinks are always “ideal”.

Rafal Rutyna

Head of UX & Mobile Development A.K.A Mr. No Problems

Not everyone is a morning person, but at 7:30 AM you can count on Raf to be pumping trance music in his office, ready for a big day of chasing his team around to get stuff done.

Raf, our Head of UX & Mobile Development, grew up in Poland and began his UX career by single-handedly developing a website without any internet. After deciding that life’s too short to stay in one place, Raf uprooted his life to the UK, and then to Australia. Since his humble beginnings, Raf has acquired an impressive portfolio with over 15 years of design experience including designing print media, websites and working for various digital agencies.

He loves helping people make things look cool and pretty. If you ask him for help, his go-to response is always an enthusiastic “No problem!”. His fabulous design skills are only a part of what he brings to the table; Raf is also up to date with the latest in tech news and gadgets. This obsession, however, has lead him to being WAY too excited and spending WAY too much money on the latest gadgets.

Hilal Kabakoz

Head of Product A.K.A Product Whisperer

During her time at law school, Hilal worked for several different law firms where she absolutely fell in love with LEAP’s software suite. It was at this moment when she decided she wanted to work for LEAP.

She joined LEAP in 2011 on the Helpdesk before quickly receiving a promotion as a manager. Since then, Hilal has helped LEAP achieve some amazing milestones such as setting up our online help platform, travelling to the UK to assist with the set up of Legal Aid and managing the release of all the cool new features.

She says her primary goal is to one day start up LEAP Legal Software in the Bahamas so she can go hang out with the flamingos and enjoy the endless views of the ocean. In the meantime, Hilal is always busy with product training, testing the software, chasing bugs, following up on new features … and pushing to move projects forward.

Brian Zhang

Head of Development (Backend) A.K.A Brain of Backend

Brian has had all sorts of experience in various fields such as IT, research and even share trading. He discovered that his real passion lies in IT and development so Brian obtained a Master’s Degree in Computer Science at UNSW. In 2008, he joined the LEAP Dev team as a Software Engineer and has now been promoted to Head of Development.

With 20 years of professional IT experience, his fluency in all things back end related has earned him the nickname “Brain of Backend”. Whenever the backend team need help, advice or guidance, Brian can easily be spotted walking around the office as he is always wearing a trusty cap. Brian is an energetic and passionate about his work which makes him consistently reliable when it comes to delivery.

Gavin Smith

Head of IT Operations A.K.A Agent Smith

Gavin is our Head of IT Operations at LEAP Dev. He says this essentially means he is the guy in charge of all of the cloud stuff and looking after computers. Gavin began his IT career over twenty years ago, long enough to know exactly what the infamous quote “PC LOAD LETTER, What the F does that mean?” from the movie Office Space actually means.

Gavin joined LEAP in 2013 as an IT Infrastructure manager. Gavin has been responsible for several impressive projects such as setting up Zaliet’s WordPress environment in AWS from scratch in addition to responsibility for the migration of LEAP cloud to AWS infrastructure. Everyone at LEAP Dev can always count on Gavin to help with all things Amazon AWS Cloud related.

You might be wondering, “how does he get so much done?” Gavin attributes his success to taking opportunities, some good luck, drinking copious amounts of coffee and having a really great team working for him.

Serkan Dik

Head of Quality Engineering A.K.A The Unit

After completing a long-term contract in 2017, Serkan was on the search for his next calling in life. LEAP Dev was fortunate enough to score him as the Lead Quality Engineer. Serkan brings to LEAP over twenty years of professional software testing experience, and an impressive portfolio of diverse software companies, banks and government institutions. As our Head of Quality Engineering, Serkan Dik is responsible for all of the quality assurance matters. In other words, Serkan makes sure things work!

Since joining the team, he has implemented the use of JMETER, a Load/Performance testing tool which enabled the Quality Engineering team to simulate high volumes of transactions which allows LEAP developers to replicate, troubleshoot and resolve server performance issues in the live environment.

Serkan says that he can seem a little scary at times as he loves to follow procedure however, once you get to know him, he is really just a giant teddy bear who loves a chat about work, personal life, boating and everything in between.

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