In October 2014, two best mates had a crazy idea to put two washing machines and two dryers in the back of a van, and wash and dry clothes for free. On a mission to improve hygiene standards, Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, the 2016 Young Australians of the Year, founded Orange Sky – a world-first, free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homelessness.
Lucas Patchett currently oversees the Brand and Communications team as well as the Fundraising and Partnerships team. His analytical skills and business acumen have been crucial to the significant growth of Orange Sky. He has also been foundational to the development of Orange Sky’s strategic goals and the associated individualised and organisational KPIs.
David Tubb is Orange Sky's Chief Innovation Officer. In this role, he oversees the Technology and Innovation team. David was a key architect in the development of the Orange Sky Portal and App which facilitate Orange Sky's operations and service delivery. He has shaped the volunteer recruitment and retention process to grow the network of volunteers from 250 to over 1,500.