Dr. Louise Ashley

Dr Louise Ashley is a lecturer in the School of Management at Royal Holloway, University of London and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Professional Service Firms at Cass Business School. She specialises in researching the implementation and development of diversity and inclusion programmes in large, multinational professional service firms, with a focus on gender and social class.


Her particular recent focus has been on social mobility and access to elite occupations. During 2016, she led the team appointed by the government’s Social Mobility Commission (SMC) to understand non-educational barriers to the elite professions and, during 2016, led  the team appointed by the SMC to examine the recruitment of high-performing staff to investment banks.


Dr Ashley has published articles in leading academic journals and recently co-wrote the chapter on diversity and inclusion in the Oxford University Press Handbook of Professional Service Firms (2015). Her research has also been covered in mainstream media including The Times, Financial Times and The Guardian, in trade press including Legal Week and The Lawyer, and in specialist publications including People Management and Management Today. She recently appeared on Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed.  In addition to academic research, Dr Ashley consults to third sector and commercial organisations in relation to social mobility and inclusion.