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Louise Cooper

Governors for Schools

Louise became CEO of Governors for Schools in April 2017. She brings a rich and diverse set of skills and experiences from more than 20 years in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Most recently, she was Business Development Director at the social enterprise London Early Years Foundation, where she grew their nursery portfolio from 24 to 38 nurseries. Her private sector experience was with LEK Consulting, a strategy consulting firm, and the retailer Tesco. Louise is a Governor of a primary school in north London. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MChem from Oxford University.

  • Evaluating the role of boards to ensure diverse trustees in terms of age, ethnicity, gender and experience
  • Assessing strategies to attract and retain trustees with corporate and financial management experience
  • Analysing the role of a robust skills audit and gap analysis in supporting effective competency based recruitment
  • Delivering an effective appointment and induction process to ensure governors understand their roles and responsibilities
  • Sharing lessons in how boards of trustees have recruited high quality candidates and the implications it has had on decision making and independent scrutiny of an academy