As a young teenager, Louise was deeply affected by a lecture given by Born Free Foundation founder, Bill Travers, when he visited her school. The experience sparked a life-long interest in the welfare of animals in zoos and led to a profound appreciation of the need to help endangered species thrive in the wild. Following the lecture, Louise went on to correspond regularly with Bill Travers, writing assessments of European zoos for Born Free, until his death in 1994.
Meanwhile, her professional career took her into the corporate world, where she worked initially in the London asset management office of the Prime Minister of Qatar. This was followed by several years of project management for a global sports media company. Over the last 16 years, in addition to becoming a mother to three children, Louise has been involved with fundraising and event organisation for a range of charities, including Wildlife Vets International.
She believes passionately in the work that WVI does and was delighted when the opportunity arose in 2015 to become a trustee. She is particularly looking forward to helping on the fundraising side and building connections with schools and young people. Her own experience has shown her how understanding the importance of wildlife conservation at a young age can build the foundations for a lifelong passion and commitment to a vital cause.
Louise is married to WVI Patron, Peregrine Heathcote.