Artist: Katie NoonanPhoto: Richard Turton

The Team

NICK THORPE

Alongside his career as a music journalist and musician, Nick has created digital products, or consulted on the same, since the 90’s.

 

Nick led multiple key roles across a 12 years period with the international Consultancy Thoughtworks, where he was a Principal Consultant and also served on the leadership team for the Australian business.

 

Nick has been working as a double bass player in South Australia and Victoria for 40+ years, most recently with The Prayerbabies, The Harmaniax, Peter and the Wolves, Louisa Wise, Blue Note, The Martini Set and country/bluegrass stalwarts Family Farm. He averages about 50 gigs a year in Victoria.


Nick is part of the Midnight Assembly recording project. He writes and releases original material as Stepkid, which includes hip hop collaborations with local Melbourne rising star 01.Ekka.

MARTIN PATEN

Martin is a passionate advocate for the arts and an experienced arts and cultural manager having overseen the City of Melbourne's City Culture program, been Artistic Director of five resoundingly successful Castlemaine State Festival’s, CEO & Director of Footscray Community Arts Centre, and Manager Arts and Culture for the City of Greater Geelong.

In 2023, Martin launched an independent creative practice to continue his support for the arts.

MARK RYALL

Mark Ryall is a seasoned technical leader with a career spanning over two decades in the software development industry. 


He currently holds the position of Principal Engineer at Fresho


Mark's technical  experience is diverse, having contributed code and leadership to organisations like Automattic, Everyday Hero, ThoughtWorks and Urbanise.com. 


Apart from his technical pursuits, Mark is passionate about music, as a diverse listener, a broadcaster and a multi-instrumentalist


He’s a diehard believer in community radio, and blends his love for music and community service in his radio show about intergenerational music which he hosts with his child at the mighty 4ZZZ Radio  in Brisbane. 


Mark's dedication to making useful technology for humans is matched by his commitment to music and community, making him a multifaceted professional and creative force.