Delivering the fun to family dining

In 2016 The Village Co opened its doors to deliver radical new solutions that disrupt the foodservice industry by transforming the way the Australian hospitality sector accesses the latest technological trends for kid’s entertainment. Recognising that kids are a key factor in a families’ decision on where to dine out, we put our best foot forward to make the family dining decision as easy as possible. Using augmented reality technology, our kids entertainment brand, Grub Lab, delivers the next generation of kid’s activity packs and activations, specifically designed for the hospitality industry. So, what keeps our passionate team bringing the fun? We want families to continue to return to their local dining venue so that local businesses remain at the heart of our communities.
Mick Carr, CEO  & Founder

Mick Carr, CEO & Founder

Mick is a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record of driving start up companies from concept through to profit. At 23, he successfully built and launched a full commercial laundromat which secured 90% of underground mines throughout the Hunter Valley. At 27 he commercialised an innovative channel to market safety equipment for Global Innovator 3M. Now, Mick sits as CEO & Founder of Grub Lab and continues to revolutionise kids entertainment in the foodservice sector.

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Mat Goddard, COO

Mat Goddard, COO

Mat has a background in business execution and brings a guiding social conscience to the team, having developed social enterprise solutions for tackling the homelessness epidemic, leading protection efforts for significant indigenous artwork, as well as volunteering his time in youth mentorship. Mat has worked as a consultant to government, private sector and not-for-profit sector, economic development and community engagement working with internationally recognised business development expert, Ernesto Sirolli.

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Chris Hildebrandt, CTO

Chris Hildebrandt, CTO

Chris has a proven ability to use technology to solve problems and challenges across a range of industries. Chris’ dedication to agile and human-centered design principles have enabled and enhanced his success in building and delivering some of the country’s best products. Chris has been responsible for many applications ranging from securing government buildings with advanced biometrics; to artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented realities, and blockchain pilots.

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Angie Peterkin, CFO

Angie Peterkin, CFO

Angie is a CPA with a Bachelor of Commerce (E-Business, Management Accounting & Business Law). Angie’s passion for numbers and strengths lay in financial and business analysis, system integrations, budgeting, cash-flow and reporting. Her depth of experience, coupled with her previous role as Australasian Business Analyst for a leading mining company, ensures our finances will be controlled and managed at the highest level.

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The Team