Our characters.

This tiny but nimble team is supported by a circle of artists, mentors and media professionals—our ‘Official Helpers’.


Our characters.

This tiny but nimble team is supported by a circle of artists, mentors and media professionals—our ‘Official Helpers’.

Stuart Gibson

Writer and researcher

Trained in jour­nal­ism, edu­ca­tion and theatre—and pas­sion­ate about the arts, media and children’s tele­vi­sion and literature—Stuart began his career at cul­tur­al venues in Syd­ney and Lon­don. From the first, men­tors encour­aged his writ­ing, design and mar­ket­ing abil­i­ties. 

At pub­lish­er Scholas­tic and his com­pa­ny Book Design Aus­tralia, Stu­art gath­ered artists, design­ers and edi­tors who con­tributed to over 150 children’s and edu­ca­tion­al books totalling some 450,000 copies in print.

The name of Stuart’s wider busi­ness, The Open Group, is—er—vague enough to span cre­ative and entre­pre­neur­ial projects in sev­er­al design dis­ci­plines, edu­ca­tion, enter­tain­ment and media.

He recent­ly launched an £8 mil­lion part­ner­ship bid to revive a Grade-II*-listed building—neoclassical, vast and crumbling—as a cul­tur­al venue and com­mu­ni­ty landmark.

Peter Hilton

Writer and performer

Start­ing as a mem­ber of a pro­gres­sive youth the­atre group, Peter expe­ri­enced the pow­er of sto­ry­telling and honed his dry wit and impro­vi­sa­tion skills.

His characterizations—whether hilar­i­ous or profound—are ground­ed in his nuanced obser­va­tion, empa­thy and ear for dialogue.

Study in Applied The­atre let Peter build the trust and esteem of dis­en­fran­chised young peo­ple as he encour­aged them to voice their own stories.

He is drawn to uncom­pro­mis­ing dra­ma and lay­ered char­ac­ters, and enjoys an ency­clopaedic knowl­edge of film and television.

Nathan Peter Wong

Writer and illustrator

Nathan start­ed his career as a free­lance illus­tra­tor, design­er and photographer.

A big kid at heart, he has a pas­sion for cre­at­ing fan­tas­tic worlds and colour­ful char­ac­ters that dwell with­in them. He enjoys an eclec­tic mix of out­door adven­tures, music, toys and video games, and has recent­ly dis­cov­ered an inter­est in tra­di­tion­al blacksmithing.

His design and Brand­ing work has seen him per­son­al­ly devel­op over 350 cam­paigns for L’Oreal Luxe brands (Aus­tralia), and recent­ly col­lab­o­rat­ed with Nespres­so Cof­fee, Acces­so­ry and Machine teams to design and illus­trate art­work fea­tured on the “Unex­pect­ed Sum­mer” glob­al Iced Cof­fee campaign.

He found­ed NPW Stu­dios based in Syd­ney, where he con­tin­ues his work over design, pho­tog­ra­phy and film.