Louise Patten, MA (Oxon)
Non-executive and Senior Independent Director
Appointment: March 2014
Background: Having started her career in corporate and investment banking, Louise moved into management consultancy and became a Board Director of the Hilton Group. Since then she has served on a succession of multi-national listed company boards for more than 20 years as a non-executive director, a senior independent director, a remuneration committee chairman and a company chairman at organisations including the retailers Marks & Spencer plc, GUS plc and Somerfield plc.
Current external appointments: Louise is currently a Senior Advisor to Bain & Company and a Non-Executive Director of Arthur J Gallagher (UK) Limited, Arthur J Gallagher Holdings (UK) Limited and Arthur J Gallagher Insurance Brokers Limited.
Skills, experience and contribution: Louise brings her strategic knowledge and proficiency, developed during her highly recognised career in business, to support Abcam’s growth plans. Louise also contributes her extensive board and corporate governance experience to ensure that the Abcam Board is led by a robust governance framework.