Louise’s project management career started at the National Museums and Galleries of Wales where she was responsible for engaging individual funding for the cultural and heritage projects within the Museum through special events and donor schemes. Working with committees across Wales gave her an insight into the workings of voluntary committees of individuals from all walks of life. She is an excellent communicator and finds commonality and points of reference to set people at their ease whilst being direct and clear in guiding committees through to their goals.
She went on to work at the Natural History Museum for four years as the manager of Wildlife Photographer of the Year – the world renown wildlife photography competition and exhibition. During her time with the Museum she had overall responsibility for the operations management of this complex competition; design and full interpretation of an annual headlining visitor attraction in one of the country’s iconic buildings with associated retail activity; all media contact and stakeholder management (BG Group, the Natural History Museum, BBC Worldwide and the international photography environment). Wildlife Photographer of the Year’s merchandise retail activity and sale of the touring exhibition became the most profitable cost centre in the Museum during Louise’s tenure.
Louise also spearheaded the overhaul of the internal workings of the competition which had come under scrutiny and caused resentment within the photographers’ community and questioned the partners integrity. It required diplomatic change management on a national and international footing. The aim was to streamline the organisation with an emphasis on transparency and governance and a code of ethics with by-in from all stakeholders, participants/photographers, exhibition venues and visitors.
Louise has also worked with the Prince’s Trust Cymru and Rathbone Cymru as a project manager working with young people aspiring for brighter and more positive futures. Louise was responsible for devising and rolling out a programme of residential activities for marginalised young people aged between 11 and 25 years old which engaged them with the performing arts and outdoor activities with KPI objectives for developing “soft” skills taking them forward into education, employment or training – specific outputs required by public sector funders. She had extensive experience in engaging partnering agencies in these residential projects developing strategies for aftercare support and opportunities.
Louise is originally from a farming family and has a good rapport with the farming community and knowledge of farming issues in Wales. She is a life governor of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show and regularly attends the whole event each year and also visits the smaller, but by no means less important, agricultural shows in the local communities. She has lived in a rural location within the Brecon Beacons National Park for the last 14 years and has a good knowledge of the area and the Waterfall Country. She spends a lot of her time walking in the hills with her dogs and exploring the countryside on her Welsh cob horses.
Louise has been brought into the team for her knowledge of the area and the farming community as well has her project management skills working with committees and stakeholders to achieve a common goal.