Dr Louise Askew

Member of the Education Performance and Standards Committee and of the Remuneration Committee.

Dr Louise Askew is Head of Governance and Compliance at River Learning Trust, a Multi-Academy Trust based in Oxfordshire. She has been on the REACH2 Trust Board since September 2013 and is also Chair of Governors of Eastbrook Primary Academy in West Sussex which was judged Outstanding by Ofsted in July 2015. Louise has been involved with a number of governing bodies including an Interim Executive Board and is a National Leader of Governance.

In her former career, Louise was a professional translator and interpreter working between English and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian for such organisations as the UN (the International Criminal Court for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague) and NATO (the HQ of the Stabilisation Force in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina). In Sarajevo she set up and ran the force’s translation and interpretation service, which had offices located throughout Bosnia and Croatia.

Louise has a first degree in Serbo-Croat Language and Literature from London University and an MA in European Political Economy. In 2011, Louise was awarded a PhD on the language policy of international organisations in Bosnia since 1995 from the University of Nottingham and she also co-authored the book ‘Meeting the Language Challenges of NATO Operations: Policy, Practice and Professionalization’.

Louise is also a member of Adur4Refugees which is a group of volunteers supporting the resettlement of refugees in the Adur area of West Sussex.

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Dr Louise Askew Non Executive Trustee