Who we are

The First Step Team

Gihan Perera, CEO

Gihan founded First Step in 1997, when the Web was still young, spam was just a luncheon meat, and Google wasn’t even a twinkle in its owners’ eyes. Since that time, he has built it into an international business, with particularly strong links in Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast, Perth and Canada.

He’s passionate about clear communication. Although First Step is a technology company, Gihan’s passion is not about the technology itself, but about using technology to get a message across more effectively.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Australia, an NLP practitioner certification from the Neuro-Linguistic Training Center of San Diego, and a Clean Teeth Award from Sacred Heart Primary School, Perth.

In addition to being CEO, Gihan also takes on the roles of selling, marketing, project management, consulting, coaching, training and writing.

  • Visit Gihan’s Web site
  • Read Gihan’s personal blog

Rae Stanton, Help Desk and support

Rae is the cheerful voice at the end of our Help Desk line. She works tirelessly to keep our clients happy.

Rae has been supporting businesses for over 15 years in a number of areas including development of systems and procedures, marketing implementation, graphic design and web design.

Natasha Low, graphic designer

Natasha, who is based in Singapore, has been involved in corporate and small business graphic design since 1999. She first caught Gihan’s eye because of her clean, attractive designs that are the hallmark of great Web sites.

She lives in Singapore, and continues to provide high-quality graphic design for our clients around the world – proving the theory that the world is getting smaller every day!

Recommended Associates

We do what we do very well (even though we do say so ourselves)! But we don’t have expertise in everything. Over the years, we’ve surrounded ourselves with “associates” who offer reliable, professional and ethical services.