2023 FBi AGM Management Committee Nominee Bios

December 4th 2023
Vice President
Angela Stengel

Angela has 20 years of experience in the media, across content production, digital transformation and strategy. Currently Head of Digital Content & Innovation at the ABC, Angela has an interest in creating media pathways for young people and has spoken about the future of media at Radiodays Europe, the CBAA Annual Conference, AFTRS and UNSW. An FBi volunteer, producer and presenter 2003-2005, Angela returned to volunteer on digital strategy in 2021 and was elected to the Management Committee in 2022. Angela is keen to continue the work she’s started as an Ordinary Member, supporting the Chair and Managing Director to guide the station through the next period of change.


Hannah Saunders

Hannah Saunders certified as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG and has worked in finance across corporate and not-for-profit organisations. Hannah is currently sitting on the board of Australian Art Orchestra, and she manages public programs at the Powerhouse Museum creating experiences for art, design, music and science audiences. Working across community, government and corporate environments Hannah has developed and delivered cultural initiatives for the Powerhouse, City of Sydney, Vivid Ideas, and local community arts organisations. FBi’s commitment to youth and its unique ability to connect with diverse audiences make it an exceptional platform for positive impact in Sydney and as a supporter and longtime listener, Hannah would be keen to skill share and collaborate with the talented team and Management Committee to support the station’s mission.


Ordinary Member
Holly Friedlander Liddicoat

Holly has been working and volunteering in independent and community music and arts media since 2010. Most recently as the community broadcasting peak body’s (CBAA) Head of Advocacy and Communications, she led the sector’s leadership efforts and worked with Government to secure a strong community broadcasting sector. She now works for the Department of Communications on community broadcasting policy. Holly cut her teeth in community radio at FBi Radio because of her love for weird electronic music, but has also made appearances around the place at 2SER, Eastside and even at Berlin Community Radio. She was also recently a member of FBi’s Governance Working Group.


Melanie Mahony

I’m a curious brand strategist and ideas person with 12 years’ experience creating culture-focused content, products, experiences and campaigns for both digital publishers and big brands. I’ve worked for Junkee Media, Channel Nine, VICE and Netflix. My interests and areas of expertise include pop-culture, the zeitgeist, media, travel, hospitality, music, youth culture and the future. Not limited by any one medium or category, my career has seen me throw house parties with the world’s biggest DJs, make condoms cool again, bring together Australia’s brightest young minds to plot the future of the country, hold focus groups in China for a toothpaste brand, campaign to stop the Sydney lockouts, use AI to analyse 10 years’ of VICE content, create beautiful travel documentaries for Japan, India and the UK and devise the strategy behind Australia’s next big seltzer brand. In my spare time I love to travel, go see live music, swim in the ocean, do yoga and play tennis.


Nabeel Siddiqui

I am a seasoned professional with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Technology Sydney (2012) and a Professional Level Certification from CPA Australia (2015), earning the CPA President’s Award for Excellence in 2017 during my tenure at Johnson & Johnson in Australia. In 2015, I transitioned away from Johnson & Johnson and accounting, retraining in data analytics and subsequently working in marketing and human resource management. Relocating to Singapore in 2019, I held a hybrid role as a product manager and data scientist for a logistics SaaS platform, overseeing a team of three. Later, I joined Wise (formerly TransferWise) as a product analyst, playing a crucial role in designing and implementing features. In my final role at Wise, I led the global analytics and growth strategy for the Wise Debit Card, overseeing a team of eight. Recently, I returned to Sydney, joining Canva as a product manager in the revenue platform team. This marks an exciting new chapter in my career, contributing to Canva’s success. Beyond my professional endeavours, I am a former semi-professional rugby player passionate about beach volleyball and basketball.


Prithi Dey

I am a partnerships specialist with over 20 years of experience in media, business development, project management, and digital marketing in Australia and the UK. As partnerships lead at Spotify, I collaborate with podcasters in ANZ to ensure that we create the maximum value for the creators, listeners, and Spotify through strategic partnerships. I am excited by FBi’s commitment to community engagement, creative empowerment, and the amplification of local voices and I want to be impactful in these spaces. The station’s emphasis on unifying diverse subcultures in Sydney resonates with my dedication to fostering inclusive communities and meaningful connections. FBi Radio’s dedication to providing a platform for creative content makers aligns with my values of supporting and celebrating artistic expression and diversity.


Sophie Paterson

A proven, awarded, passionate, and well-networked marcomms leader with extensive experience across integrated communications, PR, and digital strategy for high-profile global brands. Having spent eight years as Spotify’s regional Head of Communications launching and growing the popular platform in-market, I spent the last 3.5 years at Sony Music leading the team responsible for delivering digital audience strategies for Sony’s roster of local and international artists. I am an entertainment and pop culture fanatic who continues to contribute to and lead initiatives that support and promote an inclusive industry, as well as broader social impact via my role on the Board of Directors for public health NFP, The Loop Australia.


Youth Vice President
Kate Saap

I grew up overseas in Brunei and only came back to Australia in July 2020. I started volunteering at FBi Radio last year and it has been so amazing. Aside from hosting Monday Up For It!, I am the Senior Editor of local student magazine PULP, as well as studying at the University of Sydney. There are two things I really love: media and policy. Working on the MC at FBi Radio would help me to foster this passion and gain experience in media governance. I care so much about volunteer experience, I would like to commend the MC and staff over the past year for making me feel valued and understood. I would love to be a part of the process in continuing this relationship.


Maleeka Gazula

I am currently presenting Friday Up For It, the breakfast program at FBi, and am co-executive producer of the program too. I’m also working part time as a radio producer for ABC Radio, and as a paralegal at Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, and am set to graduate from UTS with an undergraduate degree in law and communications (comms major digital and social media). I’ve worked at FBi for more than 6 years and have grown a passion for local independent music and culture, as well as the community that surrounds the station. I would like to be involved in the capacity as a representative on the Management Committee as I have a highly informed perspective to offer. Having worked at the station in various roles and over many years, I have developed a strong understanding of the volunteer experience at this station. I have personally identified various strengths, weaknesses and aspirations of FBi Radio and have enthusiasm towards growth at the station.


Nina Longfellow

Nina Longfellow is a post-production audio engineer, radio host and journalist, with a passion for storytelling through sound. Since graduating with a bachelor of music and sound design from the University of Technology Sydney, she’s dove head first into television, working as a sound mixer and recording engineer. She spends her free time recording live bands, presenting the Saturday Overhang on FBi Radio and rollerskating. FBi just celebrated its 20th birthday, and during this time we reflected on our progress within the industry and music, art and culture landscapes. In addition, we’ve just had a successful SMAC Awards, and will round things out with the Fundraiser in December. I hope to join the Management Committee to direct our attention to the future of FBi, and how we can leverage and capitalise on the progress we’ve made so far. Not only for the success of the station, but for the community of listeners and artists as well.


Patrick McKenzie

I’m a journalist, producer, and multivariate radio person with a passion for music, arts and culture. I’ve recently finished my BA and degree in Media & Communications at the University of Sydney, am very passionate about cooking, writing about infrastructure, and riding lime bikes. I co-host 704 W High St on Sunday nights and I love emo music even if it makes me a little sad sometimes. In a national radio (and media landscape) characterised by concentrated ownership and outsized corporate/commercial influence, FBi is a unique institution that stands independently with an unparalleled level of integrity and influence. Through nearly two years across a number of volunteer roles at the station, I’ve treasured the opportunity to be surrounded by people passionate about local music and culture, and to have enrichened my own appreciation of local and Australian music in the process. For those looking to work in the broadcast and music industries, FBi is an important institution for upskilling, mentoring and networking and it is essential for this to continue.


Sam Lane

Hello! My name is Sam (he/him) and I’ve been at FBi since early 2022. You may know me as the current host of Friday Mornings but I’ve done a few other things at the station as well. I started as a content volunteer helping on FBi’s socials and website, then went on to produce Up For It and most recently I coordinated this year’s Supporter Drive. I am also the erstwhile face of FBi’s TikTok account (lol). My day job is in marketing at a record label ([PIAS] Australia/Inertia), where I work part-time while I finish up my law degree. I really feel that I can make contributions that help the station now and in the future. One thing that was emphasised to me when I started as a content volunteer was that FBi is no longer just a radio station. It is a community that increasingly operates and expands online. FBi’s audience, the young people of Sydney, will more often find the station through their Instagram algorithm rather than their car radio. This challenge is one that faces all traditional media outlets – how do you retain and grow your audience when there’s so much content out there? This task is not impossible but it is one that necessitates some out of the box thinking. Having volunteered extensively around FBi’s content (as well as the fact that music marketing is my day job now) I think I am uniquely placed to give a youth perspective on the station’s online identity.


Information about the 2023 FBi Radio AGM can be found here.


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