Louise Nicholls

Louise Nicholls is the Managing Director of Suseco, advising a broad range of clients from manufacturers to retailers, start-ups, investors and collaborative initiatives on sustainability and human rights. Louise is passionate about helping organisations make faster traction on sustainability and human rights. She also tutors for Cambridge CISL in supply chain and business sustainability management and with IHRB and ethical trading initiative courses on human rights. Louise is currently Vice Chair of IEMA, the professional body for environmentalists, and a Trustee of the innovative food redistribution charity Bread and Butter Thing.

Previously, Louise had a long career with the retailer Marks and Spencer plc, initially in food technology and more latterly as Corporate Head of Human Rights, Food Sustainability and Food Packaging. She was lucky enough to visit many fishing communities and have a successful track record of stakeholder engagement in 40+ countries, from individually affected rights holders to win/win partnerships with NGOs. Louise brings a breadth of experience in social and environmental collaborative initiatives. This included chairing Sedex Global for 7 years and holding board positions with the Ethical Trading Initiative, LOCOG Stakeholder Oversight Board, Consumer Goods Forum and the temporary Labour Working Group (precursor to UK modern slavery regulator GLAA).


1996 - 2000
M&S Senior Food Technologist
working with Fish Deli
2000 - 2006
first Ethical Trade Manager
2001 - 2017
Founder and Chair/Director
2002 - 2006
Retail Lead
Temporary Labour Working Group

(precursor to UK modern slavery regulator and theĀ  multi-stakeholder collaboration that led to Modern slavery act)

2004 - 2007
Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)
2006 - 2019
Head of Responsible Sourcing

Packaging and Plan A (sustainability)

2018 - Present

The global professional body for sustainability and environmental professionals

2009 - Present

A Human Rights and Sustainability consultancy + Tutor for Cambridge Institute of Sustainable Leadership CISL

2020 - Present
Board of Trustees
2022 - Present
Board of Trustees

The sustainable trade initiative + Lead of Food Network of Ethical Trade (FNET)