Rubato Upstairs is home to a growing community of
teams and individuals working across the creative industries.


Duncan Imberger

Duncan Imberger, the founder and manager of co-working space Rubato Upstairs, is a creative producer who has spent the past 18 years working in the arts, publishing and media production sectors. Capable of driving projects both creatively and commercially, he loves bringing bold ideas to life with the help of great teams. Duncan is also one half of Deeper Richer, a creative studio that designs and produces high-impact learning experiences, content, and products.

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Georgina Lewis

Georgina manages Tempo Rubato, a live classical music venue opening in June 2019, located directly below Rubato Upstairs. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts’ Bachelor of Music (Honours) in Repertoire Keyboard, she is a passionate believer in diversity and inclusivity in the arts. Georgina became involved with Tempo Rubato through her work teaching with Piano Project, a Melbourne charity sponsoring piano lessons for children from refugee backgrounds. All of the profits from Tempo Rubato will go to Piano Project.


Scott Ashton

Scott Ashton is a digital creative, offering expertise in the hugely exciting but ever-changing creative-technical space. He honed his skills as he spent over 15 years working in the games industry. In 2011 Scott founded Lost In The Machine – a technical design consultancy specialising in Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and graphical applications, working with design agencies, large corporates, museums, and digital art innovators.

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Doug Lynch

Doug Lynch is the co-founder of a young Melbourne charity called The Institute for Enquiring Minds. Dealing in ideas, enthusiasm and donated skills, the Institute is a problem solving engine currently focusing on the problem of maths. Delivering elite level inspirational maths support to under-resourced high school students, they also aim to completely change the way mathematics is experienced through creative solutions that improve the perception and teaching of mathematics. In his other lives Doug is an aeromedical doctor, educator, podcaster, writer, grower etc.

Silke Modjesch

Silke is a freelancer who works in various areas within the media industry, including journalism, online marketing and social media. One of her current roles involves working as a content manager for a German publishing house, where she is part of a team creating an e-learning platform for students. She also volunteers for the not-for-profit organisation, Offspring, based in Kolkata, India, which aims to raise awareness about human trafficking and works with young women rescued from sexual exploitation. Silke moved to Melbourne from Germany six years ago, and enjoys living in Brunswick with her husband and two-year-old son.


Vertigo is an internationally recognised design studio specialising in brand development and design, brand identity, and brand strategy. The studio works with local, national and international brands ranging from cultural and commercial to ethical and sustainable, with clients including RMIT University, Victoria Government, Museums Victoria, Sea Shepherd Australia, Moreland City Council, World Wildlife Fund, and Creative Moreland. As advocates for equality, diversity, and inclusion in design, Vertigo also established and runs Womentor, a global mentorship program for women in graphic design.


Rhys Bennett

Rhys is a design lover and Account Manager at Waypoint - a team of problem solvers who help businesses do more with cloud software. He looks after ongoing relationships, taking technical speak and transforming it into outstanding client processes and knowledge.


Mathew Grant

Mat is a raving Star Wars enthusiast, who also looks after client services and partner relationships at Waypoint - a team of problem solvers who help businesses do more with cloud software.

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Alex Butenko

Alex is a Creative Director of a New Zealand based branding design agency Unified. They have recently expanded their presence over the Tasman pond to Melbourne and made Rubato Upstairs their first home here in Oz. Originally born in the USSR, Alex got a Bachelor of Arts degree in the UK and has been exploring the world of branding and packaging design ever since.

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Rebecca Sampson

Rebecca is a senior branding & packaging designer from the UK, specialising in FMCG food and drink, with over seven years’ experience in London agencies. She has worked on a number of global accounts, including McCain, Twinings, Unilever, Purina, McCormick and Kerry Foods. Rebecca originally trained as a fine artist and also works as an illustrator, with a focus on portraiture and character design. She has recently relocated to Melbourne with her partner to join family.

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Elissa Hill

Elissa’s passion is working with organisations that are making the world a better place. She runs Elissa Hill Communications – a freelance communications business that specialises in the health and not-for-profit sector. She’s worked on a range of writing, editing, social media and website projects with clients that include Gender Equity Victoria, Centre for Eye Research Australia, Graduate Student Association (University of Melbourne) and the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation.


Glen Dettman

Glen is the Australian rep for PowerShield, a battery management systems manufacturer from New Zealand focused on monitoring and maximising the life of batteries in uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). Born and bred in Victoria, Glen holds a degree in psychology and is a qualified electrician. Over the past 15 years he has held roles in electrical contracting, maintenance, UPS service and account management.

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Ross Palmer

Ross is a learning/instructional designer and writer. He has degrees in philosophy and printmaking, and postgraduate studies in immersive technology. He creates both digital learning experiences, such as online courses, portals, videos, animations and virtual/augmented reality, and more traditional experiences like articles and workshops. He's a big fan of Wikipedia.