Our leaders push us to greater heights so we achieve things we would never have thought to achieve and get us in front of people who need SkillsVR the most. Get to know our leaders below!

James Coddington
Founder & Co-CEO
James started the business in 2013 with the goal to change people’s lives through the teaching of life and business skills by giving individuals the opportunity to own and run their own business. This experience highlighted the massive skills gap that was evident for job seekers as well as the challenges individuals had in acquiring the necessary skills to be employable.

Traditional education was not working, we needed to find a new way to deliver training that is fun, engaging and immersive that delivers very high learning outcomes. We believe that everyone has a right to valued employment, regardless of education, literacy or location and that coupled with the current skills training methods being outdated and failing the business community – SkillsVR was born.
Jeff Martin
Co-CEO
Through the marketing and development of groundbreaking technologies, Jeff Martin has spent his career applying  innovation to multimedia product design. Martin continues to build new mobile commerce channels by changing  the way consumers engage with entertainment, business and social impact.

Most recently Jeff was appointed by the United States National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine  to join the flagship roundtable for Sustainability and Climate Change. The role of the National Academy round table is to bring innovation, technology and science to the needs of climate change.
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    Advisory board

    At SkillsVR, we’re always playing, learning, and growing together. That’s why we have experts on our side to inform and validate our learning experiences. Get to know some of the brilliant minds behind SkillsVR scenarios below!

    Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Ph.D.

    Psychologist | Strategic Advisor | Executive | Speaker

    Andrea Bastiani Archibald, PhD is a developmental psychologist, thought leader and board member. She works with purpose-driven brands to engage and further the well-being, passions and potential of their stakeholders while advancing business objectives and driving social impact.

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    Andrea speaks as an authority on child development and family dynamics, female leadership, diversity, equity and inclusion, the intersection of social, emotional and physical health and cultural influences on young people. She serves as both a psychologist and strategic advisor to a variety of technology companies that prioritize authentic human elements within their best-in-class digital experiences:  SkillsVR, Tribal Planet, TAG and U-Pledge, as well the Grace Children’s Foundation undergoing digital transformation. Andrea is also Principal at Chance Impact, a consultancy that partners with organizations, corporations and communities to create more equitable and inclusive cultures.

    Andrea was an executive at Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) for over 10 years, where she led the Research Institute and used such insights to advance the interests and needs of girls, drive the organization’s national strategy and the development of new partnerships, and integrate relevant, mission-based, digital solutions. During her tenure, she was the spokesperson for GSUSA, authored numerous program resources, and provided the child development expertise that continues to power the popular Raising Awesome Girls website.
     
    Prior to joining GSUSA, Andrea was assistant professor of psychology at Concordia College. Over the years, her work has been published in numerous academic volumes and peer-reviewed journals in the fields of child and adolescent development, including the Journal of Research on Adolescence and the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Her expertise has earned her media appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox News, CNN, NPR, BuzzFeed, and Mashable, and in such publications as the Washington Times, Fast Company, and Parents magazine.
     
    Andrea received her doctoral and postdoctoral training at Columbia University’s National Center for Children and Families. During this time, she was also a Mellon fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, where she researched and created programs for girls and women with anxiety, obsessive compulsive and eating disorders. Andrea is also the recipient of a Keck Foundation Research Fellowship in human development. 

    Quinton Swanson

    Strategic Advisor | Safety Culture Expert | Global Thought Leader 

    Quinton Swanson ‘Q’ is New Zealand's leading mind on conflict management. His proactive and intuitive philosophies on conflict management come from his years of experience in a variety of specialist roles.

    “Being trusted to train the people we have and continue to train every day is truly an incredibly humbling and satisfying journey.”

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    Quinton has developed conflict management and safety programs across New Zealand and overseas. Through partnership with SkillsVR, this highly effective training methodology can now be made available at scale.

    Q became a police officer at 21 years old, and it is innately instinctive and in his genes. Additionally, he was a member of some specialist units and started to take the defensive tactics programs in those units. After 9 years, he left the police, realising he could reach more people and make a bigger difference if he started a company focused on Personal Safety. 

    Q’s calling is coaching, teaching, instructing, and mentoring, and he loves every aspect of the challenge. Travelling to many countries in the world for work has provided him with the opportunity to experience other cultures, religions, laws, & belief systems.

    Now understanding that conflict is so much more than physical bodies clashing, it is truly about awareness, knowledge, communication, empathy, psychology, and more. Through these experiences, Quinton strive to make a positive contribution to the world by listening to and partnering with others to create dynamic, intelligent, and complete programs that achieve an organization’s specific needs in creating a safer environment. No cookie cutting as one size does not fit all.

    Chance Patterson

    Strategic Advisor - Communications, Diversity & Inclusion, Organizational Culture and Social Impact

    “I help leaders speak their truth. Accomplished public-company senior executive and strategic advisor to leaders of global brands, start-ups and mission-driven social enterprises, including SiriusXM, Discovery Communications, Oprah Winfrey and The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.”

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    As an accomplished public-company senior executive and strategic advisor, Chance has had a large role in the development of many global brands. From start-ups to mission-driven social enterprises, Oprah Winfrey to SiriusXM and Discovery Communications, his strongest drive is to help leaders speak their truth.

    With his company Chance Impact, he enters organizations alongside Dr. Archibald to help them build an inclusive and collaborative environment using the principles of DEI.

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