Chair of the Entrepreneurs Panel

Louise Rogers

Louise has been a member of the Entrepreneurs Panel since it started in 2015 and became Chair in September 2022. She is our expert panelist on data, dashboards, CRM, corporate governance and many other things.

Louise works as an operational advisor, Chair and NED in a handful of Private Equity and VC-based businesses mainly in the EdTech, digital media and classified/recruitment spaces in Europe and the US. Currently, she is an NED for OpenClassrooms which is a French online degree-awarding EdTech business specialising in digital skills. Louise was Co-Owner and Senior NED of New Scientist Ltd from 2017 to its sale to DMGT in early 2021. Additionally, she serves on the advisory board of GSV Acceleration, the predominant, education-focused Silicon Valley, VC investor.

Previously she was the CEO and then Chair of Times Educational Supplement (Tes), where she oversaw the transformation of the traditional print-based education business into a global, digital platform that comprises one of the biggest online recruitment markets as well as the largest online network of teachers – which also happened to be the world’s largest single-profession social network. Louise led TES’s rapid global expansion and sales growth through three separate private equity investors – Exponent, Charterhouse and TPG.

In addition, she served on the Board and as an Operating Partner at Skillsoft – the number one digital, workplace learning company – based in Boston, US.

Advice to entrepreneurs

Don’t believe your own bullsh*t. Constantly worry about the bits of your business you hate, and spend only moments being happy about the bits you have conquered.”

Super strengths

  • Defying gravity (working through solutions to the hardest problems and challenges)
  • Helping coach and build the right teams with management
  • Helping with the transition to private equity
  • Customer-focused strategy

Perfect way to start the day

  • A large coffee, plus a finely tuned to-do list

Perfect way to end the day

  • A beautifully ticked off to-do list and time spare to read a good book

Which good book?