I’m passionate about enabling organisations to access evidence-based insights that demonstrate their impact and inform positive change.
I achieve this through a mix of research, evaluation and coaching. My clients describe me as someone who is down-to-earth, flexible, takes time to really understand them and gets things done.
My values are integrity, quality, trust, fairness, positive purpose and fun. When gathering evidence this translates into putting the participants first – ensuring the process is engaging, enjoyable, unbiased, confidential and safe. This, in turn, provides you with great quality, accurate feedback that you can trust.
Having begun my career in hospitality management roles, my passion for customer service and insights quickly led to a long and varied career in the corporate market research world. Engaging with people from the boardroom to the ‘coal face’, and operations to HR, gave me a deep understanding of the commercial, third and public sectors.
As a Commercial Director at GfK (now part of Ipsos MORI) I adopted a coaching management style and completed a MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice. Working with my own coach, I identified that I was motivated to work in a more values-based way and set up Research Oxford, a purpose-led business, in 2011.
Joining ROBIN (Responsible Oxfordshire Business Involvement Network) was a turning point. It enabled me to meet like-minded individuals, from all sectors, who were putting people before profit and striving for positive change.
As a result I began to use my research, evaluation and coaching skills to help individuals and organisations access evidence-based insights to demonstrate their impact and inform positive change.
I have a MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice and an accredited Certificate in Therapeutic Coaching. I have also trained in Nancy Kline’s Thinking Partnership approach to coaching and facilitation, hold a Level Two Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems and am a trained Mental Health First Aider.
I use my coaching skills to help people develop their research and evaluation capabilities.
Over the last 15 years I have also enjoyed coaching a wide range of individuals to overcome obstacles in their careers and other areas of their lives. To find out more, check out my Coaching Oxford website.
When not working I love socialising, cooking and eating good food and a drop of real ale. I love being outdoors and exploring new places on foot, by bicycle, motorcycle, kayak and campervan.
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Louise was prepared to spend time to get to know us and our work, gained our trust through her focused approach and her meticulous preparation and has successfully introduced us and the team to the value of sound evaluation.
– Tessa Gutteridge, Director, YoungDementia UK