Louise Thomas

Louise Thomas

Senior Project Lead

Louise is a Senior Project Lead at Innovation Unit, currently working as part of the team delivering the DfE’s Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme as part of the Spring Consortium. A specialist in young people and education, as well as an experienced innovation coach, manager and project designer, she supports the winning, development and delivery of work relating to education and young people at Innovation Unit.

Louise has previously held roles including Head of Education and Deputy Managing Partner at Innovation Unit, leading major educational programmes of work including an EEF funded trial of project based learning in English Secondary Schools and the design of a ‘school for the future’ for Qatar Foundation. She has extensive experience of working with schools in the UK and with system leaders internationally, developing successful partnerships with practitioners, funders and agencies committed to educational transformation in the US, UK, Australia and beyond.

Louise worked as Senior Education Researcher at the RSA before joining Innovation Unit and additionally has a background in refugee and asylum research. More recently a passion for sustainable food, farming and the outdoors took her on a five month sabbatical to explore innovative land use and farming practices around the UK. She now spends Fridays volunteering at Organiclea community market garden on the edge of Epping Forest.