Lou Cordwell OBE
CEO and Founder, magneticNorth
Lou Cordwell is CEO of Manchester based digital design studio, magneticNorth. Founded in 2000, the company quickly established an international reputation with an award-winning client portfolio that includes the BBC, BFI and Hermes.
Alongside the day job, Lou is a passionate campaigner for gender equality in business, tech and design. She is a founding investor at AllBright, the ecosystem aiming to make the UK a better place for working women. She is also involved in the ‘Womanchester’ campaign that celebrates the significant role of women – such as Manchester native Emmeline Pankhurst – in the city’s history.
Lou is also a board member on Greater Manchester’s Local Enterprise Partnership that encourages sustainable economic growth in the city, and is Chair of Design Manchester, supporting Manchester’s ambition to be recognised as an international design city. She was awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List for services to the creative and digital economy.