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

Co-founder of Open Road

Lesley Anne Rose
Lesley Anne Rose

Lesley Anne is a producer and writer and co-founder of Open Road, a company which consolidates her experiences at senior management level in the cultural sector, passion for people and place, commitment to skills development and belief in working towards a more sustainable world for all. 

She has produced complex award winning community projects, city wide festivals, large scale international co-productions, award winning mid scale touring theatre and site specific new work. Her work crosses into heritage, academic research and climate change. 

Lesley Anne is a published and commissioned writer, working for many years as a travel writer, and a trained therapist. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and a member of Scottish Pen – a not-for-profit organisation which champions freedom of speech and literature across borders. She also sits on the Board of Directors of Magnetic North Theatre Productions Ltd.


Alison Louise Merrett

Co-founder of Open Road

Alison Louise Merrett

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

She 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.

She has now stepped aside from her role in the business to pursue her own projects. As an experienced bookkeeper, Alison Louise now works with businesses in many different industries including hospitality, agriculture and a charity. This variety has given her a clear insight into the challenges of running small to medium sized enterprises.

Alison Louise has a lifelong interest in the Arts. Her family’s creative gene has manifested itself in her as a keen florist. She has completed three years City and Guilds training and enjoys creating designs for family and friends as well as working with several brides creating wedding flowers and bouquets. She is also a keen handicrafter and enjoy spending time in her newly built ‘Sewing Shed’.


Lucy Stroud

Press and Social Media

Lucy Stroud

Lucy has a passion for crafting narrative to create engaging content that encapsulates and tells the story of a brand, performance or act.

She graduated from Robert Gordon’s University in Aberdeen with a degree in journalism and for many years worked in London as a journalist for national newspapers and magazines, specialising in Features and Real Life stories.

Lucy returned to Aberdeen to complete a PhD at the University of Aberdeen in the Centre of Modern Thought. During that time she worked as a freelance PR agent, which included Head of Press for Aberdeen International Youth Festival for several years. Lucy teaches media and communication skills including units on PR, advertising and feature writing. She also practices and instructs yoga, having gained her qualification in Mysore, India.


Sara Stroud

Sara Stroud

Associate Artist

Sara Stroud is an artist and part time lecturer. She works mainly in film and archive footage and is fascinated with ideas of inheritance, memory and what we leave behind. 

Sara graduated in Fine art from Edinburgh Art School in 1997. Her background is in traditional painting, but she was seduced by her first PC and now only films and edits her art works.

Much of her art uses found objects and she creates objects and installations weaving film and sound into the final experience. Sara is presently working on a personal documentary sharing her mother and grandmother’s stories with her own life.

Sara lives in Aberdeen with her two daughters and during the Covid-19 pandemic she has collaged a travel wall, braved the North Sea weekly and painted a lot of stones.

www.sarastroud.com


Fiona Soe Paing

Fiona Soe Paing

Associate Artist

Fiona Soe Paing is an electronic music composer and sound artist, based in Aberdeenshire. Fiona uses experimental electronica techniques combined with her own processed vocals and found sounds to explore identity, heritage and belonging.

With a background in Performing Arts and Dance, Fiona first became involved in music through singing in bands and collaborating with dance music producers in London and Brighton, before discovering music technology and starting to create her own electronic compositions.

Her debut solo album “Alien Lullabies” was released in 2016, alongside a run of her solo show in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as part of Creative Scotland’s “Made In Scotland” showcase programme.

In addition to her own solo projects, Fiona has also collaborated with theatre and filmmakers on installations and site specific audio-visual work. Fiona lives in Turriff, Aberdeenshire, and is currently developing a song cycle inspired by the landscape, folklore and balladry tradition of North East Scotland.

www.fionasoepaing.co.uk