We are experiencing a collective shift in how we go about doing what we do.

Our world of work is unlike anything we have experienced before

I founded Mowbray by Design in London in 2005 and since then, my clients have relentlessly sought to adapt, evolve and thrive in increasingly complex conditions.

From a people and business development perspective, these are incredibly exciting, albeit challenging times. Our current pandemic and emergent economic, societal and political conditions have paved the way for a more relevant approach to who we are as leaders and how we do what we do.

It is not at all clear how our world of work will unfold. What is clear is the intensity and pace of change will no doubt continue and we'll need to learn to be more comfortable living with ambiguity. This is also giving rise to a common desire and determination to be connected to a greater, values-based purpose - in our personal lives, in our businesses and society.

We are experiencing a collective shift and the much-needed emergence of more conscious, purposeful, innovative, agile leadership at all levels.

This is the work I care deeply about.

Learn more about Louise's background, qualifications, experience and approach

Louise Mowbray works with leaders around the world...

Louise's Bio

Louise was born in Cape Town and moved to London in her early twenties where she worked in the investment banking and technology sectors. She then joined a retained Executive Search Consultancy, delivering pan-EU assignments at C-Suite, Partner and Director levels.
In 1999 Louise founded Venture Partnership Ltd, the executive search and organisational development company focused on the VC and corporate venture space. Her next adventure took her to the Middle East where she set up the operations and was MD MENA for a British company in the luxury lifestyle sector.
Louise returned to London in 2005 where she set up Mowbray by Design. Today she is based between the UK and South Africa and works with clients in a number of countries around the world.

Purpose & Philosophy

Louise's experience in Executive Search Louise provided the catalyst for her to found Mowbray by Design in 2005, with the sole purpose of helping leaders, teams and organisations to evolve and grow.
After studying Conscious Leadership Coaching in 2010 (ICF), her passion for conscious business was ignited. Because it has been proven to be more sustainable, it's incredibly rewarding and it's what today's increasingly transparent, connected human economy demands.
Louise continues to gravitate towards conscious leadership, team and culture development (how we do what we do), innovative, emergent thinking and the vast business and societal potential in using business as a force for good.

Coaching Qualifications

Louise is an International Coach Federation (ICF) & Conscious Leadership® (ICF/ACTP) Coach with over fifteen years formal experience coaching and mentoring diverse leaders, executives, entrepreneurs and their teams across the sectors and in many countries.

Professional Speaker

Louise is a professional member of the PSA & GSA. She has extensive and varied experience delivering keynotes, workshops and facilitation to audiences of up to 3,000 in a number of cities and counties.  And yes, the 3,000 were daunting!

Associate Faculty

Louise is associate faculty for both the Center of Creative Leadership and Duke Corporate Education and has been a visiting lecturer for a number of business schools over the years including Chicago Booth, Durham, Cass, Henley, GIBS, UCT and Wits.

Lumina Learning Practitioner

Louise is a Lumina Learning Practitioner and uses their innovative suite of integrated digital psychometric and assessment products, modalities and tools (Big5/Jung) wherever suitable for Leadership, EQ, Teams, DEI, Agile Thinking, Innovation and Resilience engagements.

Futures Thinking - Hindsight to Foresight

Traditional strategic thinking methodologies aren't enough for today's world of work. Louise works with Natural Foresight® tools (The Futures School/Kedge) to support leaders and teams to expand their perspective, connect the dots and use futures thinking to deal with complexity and the intensity and pace of change.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Louise is regularly asked to deliver keynotes and to consult on the topics of women in leadership, diversity, equity and inclusion. She is also a member and supporter of a number of global initiatives.

Personal Leadership Brand

Louise was an early pioneer in the ‘people brand’ space and developed a winning methodology, which she delivers to leaders, executives, teams, business schools and in an online video based course on Udemy.

Modalities & Tools

Louise uses the insights and powerful strategy and development tools from the dynamic worlds of conscious leadership, strategic foresight, systems & design thinking and neuroscience to inform and enrich all engagements.

Your Career

As a former retained executive search consultant, Louise has unique insights, expertise and experience to assist you in successfully building your career and in navigating all manner of career challenges, change and transitions.


Louise founded Venture Partnership in London in 1999 to work with VC’s, incubators and corporate ventures at the rise of the new economy/dot.com. She continues to work closely with entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and their teams.

Multicultural Experience

Louise has lived and worked in the UK, the UAE and SA and has experience working across Europe, MENA, North America and in a number of other countries.

Global Companies

Having worked for listed companies for the first half of her career and serving many today, Louise intimately understands the complexity of both internal and external challenges in today’s globalised, disruptive economy.

Great chemistry is vital to any successful engagement.

Working with someone who is directly and intimately connected to your career and business success can be a daunting choice. Assuming you tick all of the boxes around qualifications, skills and experience, there is one vital factor leaders and organisations report as fundamental to a successful outcome – good chemistry.
Your relationship with the person you are working with has by far the greatest impact on the success of any engagement.  
Once you have explored Louise’s background, thinking and what Mowbray by Design has to offer, send Louise a mail or find a time for a conversation.
I engaged with Louise in order to enhance our sense of working together in the Hempel Africa Management Team. Her work was concise, instructive and witty, yielding great results for us. Also, Louise helped us with various workshops providing a sense of direction for the team. This was followed by individual coaching sessions that gave a fantastic "rounding" for all involved. I can highly recommend Louise to aid you and your firm forward. 
Michael Steen Lunde

Managing Director & INVESTOR

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