GEORGE OWEN MBE – Chairman

Highly active in local affairs affecting Clapham, George is treasurer and a founder member of the Clapham Common Management Advisory Committee (CCMAC). While studying for a BA(Hons) at Cardiff University he also studied singing at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and subsequently left his career in teaching to become a professional opera singer and has sung tenor roles in  European Opera Houses including Opera de Nice and Opera de Monte-Carlo plus music festivals at Orange, Florence, Siena and Messina. Since 1990 he has sung regularly at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and toured with them globally. He is also the organiser of a highly successful quartet of singers called The Garden Consort which has performed to great acclaim at venues across the UK and abroad. He and his wife Angela live on Clapham Common Southside.

STEPHEN BOYO

Stephen Boyo resides in Clapham and holds an LL.B degree in Law, an MA in Management and Marketing and a Fellowship of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI). Stephen is currently Chief Executive of the Churches’ Agency for Safeguarding which he joined in 2009. He was formerly Director of Communications and Services at the Community Development Foundation UK (CDF), a Non Departmental Public Body of the Department of Communities and Local Government responsible for promoting community development and Age Concern England’s National Policy Adviser on Housing, Regeneration and Crime. In his spare time, Stephen is a writer and an artist (painter) and is co-editor of the Prospekt Art Review. Stephen has authored various policy reports and publications on housing, regeneration and crime and is author of the novel – The Star Who Ran Away.

DANIEL DOVAR

Daniel is a barrister, judge and Clapham resident. Called to the bar in 1997, his practice is in real property law with an emphasis on landlord and tenant issues. He has been listed as a leading individual for Property Litigation in the Legal 500 and recommended as a leader in the field of Real Estate Litigation in Chambers and Partners. He is also the author of a number of books on landlord and tenant and real property issues and is an editor of the Landlord and Tenant Review as well as of Graya, the Gray’s Inn periodical. He was appointed a judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) in October 2011 and sits on the southern panel. His local activities include being the honorary solicitor for the Clapham Society, keeping up with his wife’s guerrilla gardening and ferrying his two young children around. When he can, which isn’t as often as it used to be, he loves going to the theatre, concerts and the cinema.

TIM GOSLING

Tim Gosling, who resides at Sycamore House, Clapham Old Town, graduated from the Central School of Art & Design in 1987 with a BA (Hons.) degree in Theatre Design. Tim joined David Linley shortly after, becoming a director in 1993. At Linley he was instrumental in developing the company’s design style and expanding their bespoke business over 18 years. In 2005 Tim set up his own company, Gosling, giving him the freedom to design a wider range of furniture while continuing his working relationships with interior designers worldwide. Gosling creates anything from a single, unique piece of furniture to an entire interior design scheme. Gosling has now built up an impressive portfolio with furniture interiors commissions worldwide including The Goring Hotel, the last privately owned hotel, in London in which he designed cutting edge new bedrooms and the downstairs reception rooms. Private client commissions include a number of country homes and London apartments as well as furniture for private yachts. Prestel has recently published a book with Tim called ‘Gosling, Classic Design for Contemporary interiors’ which encompasses a great deal of his designs, materials and ethos. Stephen Calloway the curator from the V&A museum and Jurgan Huber, the Senior Furniture Conservator from the Wallace collection has also contributed to the publication which is available worldwide.

CHRIS GRADY

Chris has run, built, marketed, and created theatres and festivals over 30 years. Most recently heading the marketing and fundraising for the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds for Colin Blumenau, after being General Manager for the Pleasance Theatres and Head of International Licensing for Cameron Mackintosh. He created the first International Festival of Musicals in the UK in 1992 whilst running Buxton Opera House and subsquently focussed on new writing running the Vivian Ellis Prize, establishing Musical Futures, starting Musical Theatre Matters (now MTN). He has worked for Society of London Theatre and the BBC. Most recently he has been running the MA in Arts Management at Anglia Ruskin, providing Industry Liaison for Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, working for Stage Entertainment Holland, Kolomna Pastila in Russia, as well as DxL Creations and Studio Life in Japan. He offers a programme of CGO Surgeries for emerging creatives and works with his wife, Kath Burlinson, supporting the Authentic Artist Collective and running personal impact training for business in Suffolk. Chris is a business and marketing coach for small business and sole traders.

ANDREW LORANT

Andrew is a founding director of Flying Fish, delivering commercial maritime training in the UK and Australia, and instructor courses in water sports and winter sports in Greece and Canada. In an earlier career he was a professional stage manager, spending seasons in Nottingham, Leeds and New York. In 1976 Andrew joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and moved to his present home in Clapham. By 1980 he had established himself as a freelance Arts Manager and his projects ranged from large scale musicals, Annie in London and Starlight Express in Tokyo, to alternative theatre at the Edinburgh Festival and in London pubs. He also managed to fit in a two-year spell as Deputy Director of Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) in Birmingham, representing MAC on the committee of the National Association of Arts Centres.

NICK MILLER

Nick is currently a Marketing Manager at The Guardian. Prior to joining the Guardian in November 2014, he worked at Southbank Centre for 7 years where he was responsible for Contemporary Music, Dance & Performance and a number of festivals. These include the annual Meltdown festival which has seen him work with artists such as Yoko Ono, Massive Attack, Ornette Coleman and Ray Davies of The Kinks. He began at Southbank Centre in 2007 after graduating with a First Class Degree in English Literature from Durham University. At university he ran an independent record label, as well as promoting weekly gigs and club nights, which were the beginning of his career in live events. In addition to his work with Omnibus, he advises on marketing for Hackney Pirates, an innovative charity that seeks to improve literacy and educational achievement amongst children in Hackney.

MICHAEL ROLFE

Michael qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London in 1972 with Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co. He moved to their Hong Kong office in 1974 and in 1978 joined a large Hong Kong based multinational corporation with whom he spent his career in various Finance Director positions around the world. Michael is now retired and, having recently completed a PhD at UCL, is happy to lend his experience to Omnibus as an Honorary Finance Director and Trustee. He is also a Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of Richard Cusden Homes, a local charity providing residential care for the elderly suffering from dementia.

SAMANTHA LANE

Samantha’s 18 year career thus far spans both the world of education and the world of theatre.  She is currently The Artistic Director of Little Angel Theatre, and prior to this she was Director of Projects at the Almeida Theatre, where she was course director for the Almeida component of the PG Certificate in Applied Theatre with Young People (in partnership with Central School of Speech and Drama).  Samantha is also an Education Associate for the Michael Grandage Company, and she has worked extensively for numerous organisations in the UK and abroad as a project manager and practitioner, working with, by and for young people. Samantha managed the education department of the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch. She is also author of Directing Young People in Theatre – A Guide to Staging Plays with Young Casts (published by Palgrave and Macmillan).

JO HOPKINS

Jo has 17 years experience in the charity sector working for international development, healthcare and arts/cultural organisations. She specialises in strategic planning, communications and fundraising. She has worked for the V&A Museum, The Place and the Historic Dockyard Chatham as well as the Institute of Cancer Research and CLIC Sargent. In 2008 she joined World Child Cancer, a specialist charity working to improve diagnosis, treatment and care for children with cancer in developing countries, as the first employee. Over the last five years she has worked to create a charity which has helped over 6,000 children in 14 countries and with a sustainable annual income of £1 million. She is now focusing on international fundraising and developing new branches of the charity in other high income countries with a particular focus on the USA. Jo has lived in Clapham with her husband since she moved to London 18 years ago and is thrilled to be part of the Omnibus team.