Lou Abbotts currently splits her time between managing InStreatham Business Improvement District, where she lives and works, and delivering strategic oversight for Be Richmond, the BID for Richmond Town Centre.
With a first-class honours degree in Arts Management from London South Bank University she has devised and delivered a number of high profile projects and events at establishments such as Southbank Centre, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Tate Modern and Theatre503.
She was Business Liaison Manager at innovative South London BID; Better Bankside between 2008-2010 where she spearheaded its first renewal ballot campaign with the ballot attracting a high turnout and a positive result of 82% by number and 86% by rateable value (RV). She has now replicated that success with InStreatham securing a further five-year term for the BID delivering a 45% turnout with 83% voting Yes by Number and 95% by RV. Lou is now supporting the Be Richmond Board and staff team as they move towards a re-ballot in 2022 against one of the most challenging landscapes for High Streets in the 21st Century.
Lou is passionate about culture-led change and aims to be a conduit to allow communities to realise their vision for a better place to call home.
Her focus is on stakeholder engagement, building strong community networks and inclusive place making.