Louise received a first class undergraduate degree in Industrial Design from Brunel University where she won the AOL Broadband Innovative Award for her ‘Anti-Theft Handbag’ design in 2004. Discovering project management was a core strength she soon began to use it for running successful design projects. This was proved while working at Design Bridge, London, where Louise managed ‘The Safe Pint Glass’ project, one of the Design Council’s Design Out Crime challenge winners in 2010.
Realising she felt it was time to work in a field with more social relevance, Louise completed a Masters in Design For Development at Kingston University. She developed a real passion for using design thinking, design craft and organisation skills to deliver sustainable solutions, where possible for social good.
Louise now works as a social innovator and design researcher and enjoys using her design skills in non-traditional ways to help solve problems. Her passion for helping communities become more sustainable, helping people feel empowered and changing behaviours for the better is shown through her work with a number of social ventures and behaviour change projects.
Louise’s strengths are gaining empathy through observation, engaging with stakeholders (at all levels), facilitation, design thinking, collaboration, being an activist for the social innovation movement and networking.
For more information on Louise’s work experience, please look at her LinkedIn profile.