Our Team


Core Team


Jessie Ballantyne, Founder & CEO

Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) (Distinction)
Master of Social Science (International Development) (Distinction)

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Jessie has over 15 years experience in funding and grants. She has worked with government, not-for-profits and businesses in a range of grant related capacities, including: advising local government on grant-making policies and protocols; developing customised grant and funding programs for not-for-profits; sitting on NGO boards as a project planning and management advisor; preparing multi-million dollar national and international grant applications; sitting on grant assessment panels; and designing and facilitating grant writing workshops.

When others see blockers, Jessie sees opportunities. She is a problem solver and solution seeker, who has merged grants with tech to solve grant accessibility issues across Australia. Her commitment to create an easy-to-use, comprehensive and cutting edge online grants platform is reflective in each aspect of The Grants Hub. From the way members search and find grants, to the way our team works remotely, Jessie leads the way in innovation.

Her responsibilities at The Grants Hub include:

  • Leadership and strategic direction

  • Innovation

  • Content management

  • Partnership development.


Justin Ballantyne, Operations Manager

Bachelor of Education
Bachelor of Sport & Outdoor Recreation
Certificate in Professional Coaching

Justin has over 12 years experience in the education sector, with a passion for training, people engagement and system development. Joining The Grants Hub in an official role in 2016, Justin is the critical link between our members and our team. Whether it’s helping users get the most out of the many features of our Grants Directory, or evaluating member feedback to help steer new developments and role out continual improvements, Justin is passionate about leading our members to success.

Justin keeps everything running smoothly so that ultimately, our members can find the grants they’re after, hassle free. His systematic approach ensures that the integration between technology and human resources is well-balanced, providing users with an efficient and personable experience when using The Grants Hub interface.

As Operations Manager, Justin is responsible for:

  • Overall management of our Grants Directory

  • Sales and member subscriptions

  • Human resources

  • Online training & tutorials.


Kristine Hancock, Grants Researcher

Bachelor Management
Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessment
Certificate IV in TESOL
Diploma Business Management

Kristine has over 15 years experience in project coordination and training both in Australia and Asia. Her areas of specialty include refugee settlement and international education.

She is an experienced grants researcher, information sharer and client manager, with a strong history in: liaising with funders around Australia; designing and delivering grants training workshops; providing one-to-one grant support to hundreds of community members from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; developing tools, tips and a range of online resources to upskill grant seekers; advocating to all levels of government and peak national agencies on behalf of established and emerging communities in the context of access to funding; and increasing opportunities for meaningful social and economic inclusion by sourcing funding for a diverse range of events and projects.

As Grants Researcher at The Grants Hub, Kristine:

  • Helps our members find grants effectively

  • Manages our grants research and database

  • Liaises with funding bodies

  • Disseminates grants information to our members

  • Creates online tutorials.


Neve Carolan, Administration

Bachelor of Psychology
Xero Certified
Cert II in Animal Care

Neve has over 10 years experience in customer service, administration and finance, having worked across the board in banking, insurance, accounting and financial planning. Her areas of specialty include business administration, client care and case management.

She has a diverse range of experience, from diving into customer queries and finding creative solutions to problems, to organisational change management and social media communication. Neve enjoys continuous learning and implementation of systems to increase efficiency, particularly in how technology can increase functionality.

At The Grants Hub, Neve:

  • Helps members with their enquiries

  • Assists with memberships, invoicing and payments

  • Distributes grants information across our social media channels.



Owen Anderson, Product Designer

Owen has over 12 years experience working with numerous companies, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations to develop creative design solutions. He loves to create beautiful and functional experiences, with a focus on accessible product design.


Brendan Sharman, Designer

With 10 years experience working in the creative and digital design space, Brendan has extensive knowledge in how best to solve business problems through great design. A healthy curiosity and passion for his craft have lead Brendan to producing award winning work for some of Australia’s biggest brands including; Telstra, AGL, GSK, Mercedes, TAC and NAB.

Brendan’s focus on experience design and usability is at the heart of creating digital experiences that truly help individuals and organisations to stand out and achieve their goals in this fast-paced digital society.


Taylor Boccardo, Performance Media Specialist

Taylor originates from Perth, where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in communications, media studies and marketing. Having moved east for a change of pace, Taylor enjoys meeting new people, practicing Pilates and baking - though not all at the same time.

She has developed fine-honed skills in performance media, and is diligent at improving rankings and conversions across various digital platforms. Taylor’s interest in performance media continues to grow as she sees how successful and cost effective it is ahead of traditional advertising mediums.