The story and the folk transforming careers education
BECOME was launched in 2017 in Australia to close the gap between evidence and practice when it comes to careers education. Our team combines psychologists, educators and innovative solution designers who work together to make it easier for schools around the world to integrate this vital area of learning into their program.
"Thinking about your future life and career should be one of the most inspiring and motivating things a young person can think about. Too often it's not."
Liv Pennie, Co-Founder & CEO
Meet the BECOME Team
Liv Pennie, Co-Founder & CEO
Liv brings together unique experience from the worlds of academia and innovation. She holds an MA in Psychology, a Graduate Certificate in Education & Career Development combined with 18 years in advertising developing winning strategies, communications and innovative digital products at some of the best agencies around the world. All this combined with 4 years of service as a Board Director of SchoolAid was the perfect backswing for launching BECOME.
David Wilson, Co-Founder & CTO
David is a highly experienced, truly full stack software architect and engineer. Amongst many achievements, he founded and led the company that designed, built and managed learning solutions for the US Dept of Homeland Security for over 18 years. He also has a 5 star app in the app store.
Professor Jim Bright, Director Research & Impact
Professor Jim Bright has over 27 years of international consulting experience specializing in career development, psychology & training. He has published 11 books, and has over 500 peer reviewed scientific journal articles, chapters, reports and conference presentations. He has won awards for his careers research and has become a best selling international author in the area of careers where he has pioneered the application of complexity theory approaches to career development. His progressive work aligns perfectly with the mission of BECOME. Jim is a registered psychologist, a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Career Development Association of Australia.
Grace Kinch, Education Consultant
B. Ed; Grad. Dip. Careers Education; M. Ed.
Grace’s extensive experience as an educator spans the broad spectrum of education, including careers education, counselling, teaching and curriculum leadership, largely in P-12 schools. The unique combination of being a careers education specialist and curriculum leader has strategically enabled her to advance the role of a rigorous careers education program in schools. Grace has made a significant contribution to the broader education profession having been a presenter at a wide range of conferences and seminars, spanning careers education and educational fields. She has also contributed to the professional writing space for a wide range of journals across her career.
Bev Laing, Editor-in-Chief
Bev is one of Australia’s leading curriculum designers. She provided curriculum resources for Phenomenom! with host Alice Zaslavsky, co-wrote the award-winning Nature Stewards course for Outdoors Victoria, and wrote 10 books of curriculum-linked teaching resources for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. Bev designed ACHIEVE for the Princes Trust Australia and has written several STEM and food literacy programs. She holds a Master of Studies with distinction from the University of Oxford, UK.
Yvette Thomson, Customer Success Manager
Yvette brings a mix of customer success management, sales, and marketing skills to the BECOME EDUCATION team. She has worked for the last 12 years in direct sales - training and developing small business owners in reaching their maximum potential.