Louise Rawsthorne joined ARK as a specialist Associate in May 2018. Louise was formally the Managing Director at BMS Invest, Babergh and Mid Suffolk Councils’ wholly owned trading group structure. Louise has a strong background in balancing the Politics and the reality of commercial activity in Local Authorities and in the past year has spoken widely at conference on the subject.
In her time in Local Government she led the setup of four Council companies all of which continue to trade today. Louise is now specialising for ARK in Council trading, including the set up a housing company for one London Council, Council Housing Revenue Account reviews to maximise new homes delivery, and the delivery of housing small sites programmes ‘on balance sheet’ within Councils’ General Fund.