Dr Louise Ashley is listed as a guest speaker for one of our discussions but she does not work at Cumberland Lodge. We cannot share her contact details and it is not always possible for us to pass on contact enquiries to past speakers.

Dr Louise Ashley lectures in Organisation Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. She specialises in researching diversity and inclusion in large multinational organisations and 'elite' occupations with a particular focus on social class.

Dr Ashley has published articles in leading academic journals and her research has been widely covered in media, both in the UK and internationally. She has led teams appointed by the government's Social Mobility Commission (SMC) to understand barriers to entry on the basis of socio-economic background, in law, accountancy and investment banking, and is a Research Fellow for the Bridge Group, a leading consultancy offering research and thought leadership on diversity and social equality.

Her book, Highly Discriminating: Why the City isn't Fair and Diversity Doesn't Work will be published by Bristol University Press in 2022. It explores how City firms have derived a number of advantages from socially exclusive recruitment and promotion practices over the past forty years and argues that a primary function of current efforts to open access is to legitimate the very inequalities the City helps to create, and which paradoxically make social mobility less likely overall.