Louise Aston began her career in textile design, working as a fashion buyer for Marks and Spencer. She transitioned into health campaigning by designing a children’s sun protective swimwear range for an award-winning Department of Health skin cancer prevention campaign. As Creative Director at COI, she led high profile public sector campaigns including 5 A DAY, ‘Don’t Give Up Giving Up’ and FRANK. Since joining Business in the Community as Business Action on Health’s Campaign Director in February 2007, she has produced groundbreaking research, developed practical tools, by business for business, forged partnerships with Government Departments and secured the commitment of UK’s top companies to boardroom reporting on employee health and wellbeing by 2011.
As part of Stephanies role of Wellbeing Adviser, she engages businesses with Business in the Community's Wellbeing at Work campaign, delivering a bespoke advisory service to members. Stephanie has a strong track record of supporting high profile members of Business in the Community's gender and race equality campaigns. Prior to this she was Equality Manager at the London Development Agency. Stephanie also holds expertise in refugee integration, from roles with the employment initiatives London Refugee Economic Action and the Council for Refugee Academics.
Stephanie’s advisory experience has centred on building in the elements of change as early as possible - whether that is developing a broad strategy, or designing a specific project to be inclusive from the outset. Stephanie holds an MSc in Political Sociology, from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has used this foundation knowledge about the distribution of power in society to pursue her passion: empowering individuals and organisations to bring about real cultural change in the workplace.
Stephanie recently undertook Mental Health First Aid training, and she leads on Business in the Community's involvement in the Time to Change Alumni programme. Stephanie has a strong commitment to creating working conditions that allow people to achieve their best at work and at home, a challenge she personally embarks on each week with her two young children. In her spare time she enjoys reading, walking, and watching world cinema. She is a longstanding activist and supporter of Amnesty International.
Having obtained a Masters in Project Management and Corporate Social Responsibility and an Undergraduate degree in Psychology, Danielle has developed a passion for mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Starting off as an intern in the Communications and Strategy team at Business in the Community (BITC), Danielle quickly moved into the role of Wellbeing and Age Campaign Co-ordinator. Danielle has collaboratively set up an ongoing internal wellbeing campaign at Business in the Community with the HR department and the Wellbeing team, developing a national network of wellbeing champions.