Our world of work is unlike anything we have experienced before

We have all experienced a great deal of business and societal change since the world wide web went live in 1991.

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 and challenging conditions.

From a people and business development perspective, these are incredibly exciting, albeit challenging times.  Our economic, societal and political conditions have paved the way for a more relevant, people-centric approach.

It is not at all clear how our world of work will unfold – it’s unlike anything we have experienced before.  What is clear is our common desire and determination to be connected to a greater, values-based purpose, personally, in business and society.

We are experiencing a collective shift and the much-needed emergence of more conscious, creative, innovative, agile leadership at all levels. And this is the work I'm deeply passionate about…

Louise Mowbray works with leaders around the world...

Learn more about Louise's background, qualifications and approach

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 in 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, with the sole purpose of helping leaders, teams and organisations to evolve and grow.

After studying Conscious Leadership Coaching in 2010 (ICF), Louise's passion for stakeholder-oriented, triple bottom line, 'Profit with Purpose' business was ignited. Because it has been proven to be more profitable, 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/CCI) 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 psychometric and assessment products and tools wherever possible for Leadership, EQ, Teams, Organisation and Innovation engagements.

Futures Thinking - Hindsight to Foresight

Traditional methods of building on the past don’t cut it in today's world of work. Louise works with Natural Foresight® tools (The Futures School / Kedge) to assist you to 'think like a futurist'.

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 exciting worlds of conscious leadership, strategic foresight, systems & design thinking and neuroscience to inform and enrich all engagements.


As an ex 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.

Diversity, Inclusion & Equality

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


Good chemistry is the key 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 we tick all of the boxes around qualifications, skills and experience, there is one winning factor leaders and organisations report as the key to success – and that is 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, contact Louise to arrange 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


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