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University of Exeter Business School

Ms Irene Tilbury

Ms Irene Tilbury

Practitioner Research Fellow


 Streatham Court 


Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK


Louise Tilbury joined Exeter University in September 2016 as a Practitioner Research Fellow. She is studying for her PhD within the Management Department on the topic of Women on Boards and Board Dynamics. Over the last three years, Louise has taught the Personal Financial Management module for the Economics department and Business and Society module for the Management department.



BA Hons, Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Oriel College, Oxford 1997

MSc Social Policy and Planning, London School of Economics, 2001


For over 10 years, Louise has been working as a freelance public policy consultant in the South West of England. She has been involved in a wide variety of innovative projects, from report and bid writing to business planning and delivering the nitty gritty. Most notably she consulted with Plymouth College of Art’s successful bid to start a Free School teaching through creative arts and project managed the opening of the school in just one year.

2001-6 Louise worked as a Senior Policy Analyst at HM Treasury, on work incentives and poverty analysis, education and productivity policy. Prior to that she worked at the Department for Education for three years and at Saigon Children's Chairty for one year.

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Research interests

Women on Boards

Corporate Governance

Board Dynamics

Research projects

Board Evaluation report for Aviva, launched at the Hampton Alexander Review, November 2017

FRC report, September 2018

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Tilbury L, Sealy R (2020). The Chair, Board Processes and Gender: a case based exploration of faultlines in the boardroom. International Corporate Governance Society. 13th - 16th Nov 2020. Abstract.

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