Governance - OPEN Ealing


OPEN was founded in July 2010 by a group of local artists and residents with the support of local organisations such as A2Dominion and community groups, West Ealing Neighbours and Ealing Arts + Leisure.


In January 2013 the constituted community group became a limited company, OPEN Ealing Limited, and started the process of becoming a charity.


The Directors:


Martin Bowley

Chair of OPEN Ealing, Martin is a tour de force in the media industry with a career spanning 35 years in television, radio, cinema, magazines and now mobile. He has a solid track record of strategic and tactical leadership and is widely acknowledged as being visionary and creative with a commitment to pushing boundaries and achieving industry excellence. Previous roles include MD at Carlton TV where he was responsible for 1.4bn of advertising revenue and bringing some of the most popular shows to air, CEO at Digital Cinema Media and Pitch Entertainment Group where his dynamic and charismatic leadership style achieved great results and at First Impressions where he coaches students and young executives in communication and self-presentation skills enabling them to make a great first impression when it matters! Currently Non-Executive Director at Rare Breed Digital, a digital agency developing bespoke mobile apps and Non-Executive Chair of RoomFlick which uses social connections to match people and spare rooms, Martin shares OPEN’s values and vision of making the arts accessible to all


David Williams

Vice Chair of OPEN Ealing. David is an experienced management consultant specialising in charity and social enterprise development, with emphasis on business planning, and economic regeneration. Chief Executive of an economic think tank consultancy, New Economics Foundation; Training Manager with the Children’s Society, and currently Area Director for the South of England with Business in the Community. Chair of a successful national charity in Wales SNAP Cymru; Associate lecturer in English Literature and Economic Development at the University of Wales, and a published poet.


Anthony Shrubsall

Artistic Director of OPEN Ealing Limited. Anthony Shrubsall is a freelance theatre director based in Ealing. He is a former Artistic Director at the Drayton Court Theatre, London. Anthony has written and published on Samuel Beckett, Jos Houben, Harold Pinter and Vsevolod Meyerhold, respectively. He is a member of the Director’s Guild of Great Britain. His most recent production Richard Tyrone Jones Has a Big Heart premiered at the Buxton Fringe in 2011 while LANZA with the opera singer Andrew Bain, ran at the Kings Head, London from December 2010 to January 2011.


Florence Geny

Finance Director of OPEN Ealing. Florence is an experienced Commercial Leader with a double qualification in Business Administration and Law, combined with a Certification in Finance & Accounting and an ability to speak five languages. She specialises in finding and evaluating investment opportunities, as well as structuring and negotiating commercial and financing agreements with third parties and Governments, with an Oil & Gas expertise and is an acknowledged expert in unconventional hydrocarbons (shale) – publishing a reference study on shale gas in Europe. She is a regular speaker at conferences and has significant field development experience in the gas and energy industry. She graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) with a Master in Science of Management and from Universite de Paris XI with a Master in Business Law and a passion for classical guitar.


David Osbon

David Osbon is a composer, conductor and academic whose music has been performed, broadcast and recorded around the world. Most of this international recognition comes from the years he spent as a researcher and professor in cities as diverse as Philadelphia, The Hague and Istanbul. His compositions have received many awards and he has conducted ensembles and orchestras ranging from the Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Jordanian Army Band through to the Bremmerton Symphony Orchestra across Europe the USA and the Middle East. An acclaimed expert in multi-media performance he is a pioneer in multi-platform and transmedia environments for contemporary performance. David is Professor of the Creative Arts at the University of West London.


Marilyn Borlase

Head Teacher at St John’s Primary School, West Ealing, and a resident of Ealing for over 20 years. Marilyn has been instrumental in guiding OPEN’s vision and practical integration with local educational establishments. She also brings considerable practical management experience based on her current role, and has strong local networks.


Nick Pearson

Internationally exhibited artist with a studio in west London and lecturer in fine art and art history at various colleges/universities. With 25 years experience in art education and education/arts publishing, recent work includes a six-month contract as Brand Manager for University of the Arts London (UAL) during its 2012 rebranding. Nick was a member of OPEN’s initial steering group, has run OPEN workshops and lectures in art and design and is an active board member.


Keith Waithe

Keith is an award winning flautist, composer, teacher, expert proponent of vocal gymnastics. Keith mixes many sounds from his collection of over 207 flutes fusing enigmatic musical forms and world music resonances. In addition to working on radio, theatre and television Keith’s 8th Album Gathering Echoes has had rave reviews. Amongst many others Keith has worked with Nitin Sawhney, Courtney Pine and percussionist Bosco de Oliverira. Keith reaches out to his audiences from early years through to the older generations and is renowned for maximizing audience participation. Keith is teacher trained and holds an enhanced CRB