Alex Lloyd is a senior editor at book publisher Pan Macmillan Australia, a martial arts instructor and a passionate storyteller. He loves history and discovering the intimate, human stories that drive it. He is one of the co-founders of Thistle Productions, and the creator and host of LIFE ON THE LINE.
Sharon Mascall-Dare is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author. Sharon has worked for the BBC, Radio France International and the ABC's Radio Australia, presenting news coverage of war and peacekeeping operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. She has a PhD in communication and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of South Australia. Her area of research is ethnographic journalism and journalistic ethics in regards to coverage of veterans' affairs and Anzac commemoration. Sharon is a Major in the Australian Army Reserve, working now as a Public Affairs Officer with Headquarters 9th Brigade. She deployed to Iraq in 2016-17. Sharon began conducting veteran interviews for LIFE ON THE LINE in 2018. She also runs StoryRight, a veterans employment support program.
Angus Hordern, co-founder, works in the finance industry, and runs his business Hordern Wealth Management on Sydney's North Shore. He is a former Intelligence Officer in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve and has served in the 1st Commando Regiment. His father, John, served in the Royal Australian Navy in World War II, inspiring Angus's love of history and all things military.
Thomas Kaye is a producer at Channel Nine. He joined Thistle Productions in 2012. His interest in both the humanity of storytelling and the technical skills behind it form an invaluable part of the team. He has extensive military history in the family and is a committed podcaster, on-mic and behind the scenes.
Thistle Productions is indebted to its other contributors as well. Artwork for LIFE ON THE LINE is by Mark Thacker at Big Cat Design. The Thistle Productions logo is by Nicholas Hairs. The theme music for FOR SCHOOL AND COUNTRY and LIFE ON THE LINE is by Dan Van Werkhoven at Mark IV Multimedia.
Finally, we thank the support and endorsement of the Honourable Dr Brendan Nelson and the Australian War Memorial. Dr Nelson was interviewed for and launched FOR SCHOOL AND COUNTRY in 2015. He appeared on LIFE ON THE LINE to commemorate Remembrance Day in 2017.