22 for ’22: Celebrating Bath & Somerset’s Most Inspiring Women

By Anita Jaynes on 2 March, 2022

We’re celebrating Bath and North East Somerset’s most inspiring women to mark International Women’s Day 2022 which this year takes place on Tuesday 8th March.

Through our social media channels, we asked our readers which women in our community inspire them and created a list of 22 for ’22. The list is printed in our spring Bath magazine and from Tuesday 1st March, each weekday throughout the month we will be profiling and championing each of these fantastic women online and via our social feeds.

This feature is sponsored by Milsted Langdon accountants. Milsted Langdon decided to support this activity as they are passionate about supporting women in business and helping local communities thrive through their work with business owners, charities and not-for-profits. 

Gill Freeman, Partner and Head of Charity and Not-For-Profit at Milsted Langdon, said, “The business world is full of hugely talented and successful women who not only run businesses or work in demanding roles, but they often also juggle caring responsibilities at the same time. It’s important to highlight the contribution that women make to the wider community, and to support each other whilst encouraging and empowering the younger generations.”

Today we put the spotlight on Louise Harvey, Executive Director of The Foundation Fund at St John’s Foundation

Louise has been part of the St John’s Foundation team since 2003, starting out as Grants Manager and progressing to Director of Funding and Impact.

In 2016, after seamlessly transitioning to the Director of Funding and Impact role, Louise transformed St John’s Funding Support Programme, successfully engaging the Board to increase St John’s annual funding from £500,000 to £2 million and leading the implementation of a bespoke SalesForce platform. This system completely revolutionised St John’s funding and impact management processes, enabling the team to increase its indirect support from 59,960 people in 2018 to over 72,222 in 2019.

In 2019 she was appointed as Executive Director of St John’s Foundation Fund. A new £30 million fund designed to level the playing field in Bath and North East Somerset and give all children the same chances to live happy, healthy lives.

The fund targets children from pre-birth up until they start secondary school, providing them with the best opportunities to contribute to our communities for generations to come.

In the 18 years Louise has worked for St John’s, she has developed an exceptional knowledge of both the Foundation and the local community. Louise has been a driving force for cross-sector working and collaboration, striving to continuously extend the reach and impact of St John’s core services, whilst also supporting its employees and local organisations to realise their potential.

Louise uses her passion, energy and ‘no challenge too great’ attitude to break down barriers to bring the Third Sector, education and businesses together.

Louise is speaking at our International Women’s Day event taking place at St John’s new House of St John’s on Tuesday 8th March. To find out more and to book your ticket click here.

For more information about International Women’s Day visit: www.internationalwomensday.com This year’s theme is Break the Bias. Follow the conversation on social using the hashtag #BreakTheBias