Our Team

Our intimate knowledge and understanding of education and residential life at boarding schools blended with decades of IT development experience help to make REACH the benchmark product for boarding school automation.

Garry Jowett


Director & Business Manager

With twenty five years business experience in product development from concept to commercialisation in multinational corporations and small business operations, Garry is navigating the path for REACH to become the global benchmark for boarding school automation.

Brad Gibby


Director of IT, aka Guru

More than 20 years commercial experience with programming and systems engineering projects in education, government and commercial applications sets the development platform for REACH.

Steven Montgomery


Non Executive Director, aka Monty

Fifteen years teaching experience in three countries give Steve a thorough understanding of a school’s duty of care obligations and management processes.

Brian Murray


Director – REACH Nth America

Brian has spent the last decade as a manager in boarding schools and has an intimate working knowledge of boarding school operations, requirements and procedures throughout North America..

Adam Bates


Director – REACH Europe

Adam brings a thorough understanding of education with 20 years of from delivering IT solutions including software used in over 20 countries by 4 million teachers and learners.

James England


Director – REACH Europe

An experienced teacher and with 15 years of developing, implementing and supporting education technology products James leads our technical team in Europe.

ABSA Chairman Garth Wynne and Tom Dunsmore of the ABSA present Michael Holland with the 2014 Industry Innovation Award for REACH Boarding School Software

ABSA Chairman Garth Wynne and Tom Dunsmore of the ABSA present Michael Holland with the 2014 Industry Innovation Award for REACH Boarding School Software

In the beginning…

REACH began one Thursday afternoon in October 2012 on a rugby field at Guildford Grammar School in Perth, Western Australia.  Steve Montgomery went to assist Michael Holland to coach the Guildford Grammar 1st XV rugby team. Michael was the Head of Boarding for Guildford Grammar at the time.

Michael’s phone kept buzzing every few minutes with boarders trying to organise or confirm their upcoming weekend leave.  It was clear that Michael, and likely many other Heads of Boarding across Australia, could benefit from a product that could change the way they do things.

We had experience making mobile apps for schools and Steve recognised immediately that we could build a solution to completely automate the boarder leave process. What started out as a simple mobile app to manage leave rapidly morphed into a much larger project.

The result is a comprehensive, multi-featured and advanced product which totally automates school boarding house activities. REACH provides schools with a powerful business tool which manages risk, improves communication and provides measurable efficiency gains.