Meet The Team
Chair of Trustees
Louise has worked for Yorkshire Building Society for over 20 years in a number of roles within the retail network and head office. She has a natural strength for business development and developing people – a confident leader and focused strategic thinker. Louise builds trust and shows empathy with her teams and peers that make negotiation and collaboration on projects simple – she is flexible to work with and balances relevant contribution with good listening. She has the ability to visualise a new business venture with pace and market intelligence, whilst building a strategic plan that will guide her teams through each phase of implementation from discovery to delivery, including the key commercial focus. She has the ability to bring tenuous concepts to life for her teams and stakeholders with an engaging style and sound commercial reality.
She is strong and mentally resilient – her empathy for others is a strength and her open and direct approach helps others hold their own mirror up to their strengths and/or development needs. Giving something back and sharing her skills to improve the society in which we all live is what drives her.
“I first became a trustee of The Avalon Group through my involvement with Common Purpose, an organisation designed to use the talent of business leaders to drive forward new initiatives within their local community. Subsequently I became involved in their Giving Back program, which led to a long standing relationship with Avalon, resulting in me proudly taking over the role of Chair of the Board in 2008.
The whole team at Avalon are truly amazing and I feel honored to work alongside them. Having the opportunity to share my skills and facilitate introductions to others that can help shape and deliver a strategy which ultimately enables our customers to live the life they choose, is truly one of the most rewarding and challenging roles I have had the privilege to undertake.
If you would like to be involved with Avalon either as a volunteer, one of activity or as a Trustee please message me www.linkedin.com/in/louisedrake