Meet the team

Here’s to the misfits…the ones who see things differently. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.

Jack Kerouac
Lesley Anne Rose
Writer, producer and former therapist

I’ve always loved maps, journeys and the myths, histories, tales and folklore of the open road.

I’ve studied and worked across theatre and film for two decades. I’m an experienced theatre producer and have produced a range of theatre productions from large scale international co-productions to award winning mid scale touring theatre and site specific new work. I’ve taught and programmed film alongside writing business plans and providing consultancy for independent cinemas. I work closely around the place where theatre and film meet, both creatively and commercially, and have produced film versions of live theatre shows.

I am a former BECTU representative and current Scottish representative of the Independent Theatre Council. I sit on the Board of Directors of Campbeltown Community Business Ltd who are responsible for the restoration of the town’s historic cinema.

As a travel writer my published work includes guidebooks, articles and a travel column, and the areas of the world I know best include North America – the US and Canada – the Southern Caribbean, Malta, Scotland and the English Lake District. For two years I sat on the executive committee of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and have written on independent travel, food, travelling with children and eco-tourism.

I’m a former performance poet and, as a playwright, have had work commissioned and produced in regional theatre, literature festivals and pub theatre. I’ve made short documentary films, and radio features while working and training with BBC Radio Bristol’s Social Affairs department. I am a member of Scottish Pen.

As a therapist, I ran a successful business for a number of years. In addition to private practice, I worked with the National Schizophrenic Society, hospices who provide palliative care for cancer patients and NHS staff, as well as teaching. I’m drawn to the stories, intelligence and knowledge held within our bodies as well as our minds.

Alison Louise Merret

I started my career in banking before moving on to run the family business with my husband for 25 years. In that time we expanded the business from two working partners and myself, to the company it is today employing 25 people.

I gained valuable across the board experience of running a small business including all aspects of HR, finance, business legislation and development. The company has recently won awards, both locally for family business achievements, and also a national award from a major manufacturer.

In the last two years I have stepped aside from my role in the business to pursue my own projects. As an experienced bookkeeper, I now work with businesses in many different industries including hospitality, agriculture and a charity. This variety gives me a clear insight into the challenges of running small to medium sized enterprises.

I have a lifelong interest in the Arts. My family’s creative gene has manifested itself in me as a keen florist. I have completed three years City and Guilds training and enjoy creating designs for family and friends as well as working with several brides creating wedding flowers and bouquets. I am also a keen handicrafter and enjoy spending time in my newly built ‘Sewing Shed’.

My husband and I are both self confessed ‘Italiaphiles’ with a love of the art, architecture, cuisine and culture of the country. On our most recent travels I have enjoyed researching local patron Saints and am fascinated how their lives and deaths have influenced the religion and culture of local communities. I am looking forward to further research on this in the future.

I have two grown up daughters and two naughty cats!