Director of Innovation and Economic Growth

Louise Marston


Policy and Research

Join Date

October 2009

What I do

Louise is the Director of Innovation and Economic Growth within the Policy and Research team. 

She manages a team of eight in delivering research projects on topics including start-ups and entrepreneurship, innovation policy and data, and technology futures. 


Prior to joining Nesta, Louise was an Investment Analyst at active venture investment firm Blenheim Chalcot, where she carried out analysis of the investment portfolio and led on strategic projects.

Louise has previously worked as a Project Manager and Business Analyst for IMS Health, a pharmaceutical data company, and has a background in software development and services. Louise has a BA in Natural Sciences (Neuroscience) from the University of Cambridge and a Masters in Computer Science from UCL.

2014 will be the year when companies start to offer services that can help us improve our lives based on data. A prediction from our 2014 predictions series, by Louise Marston.
Louise Marston
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
The new Government Interrogating Spending Tool - or GIST - says it represents "the next stage in the government's transparency agenda". It provides some nice looking graphics that allow a couple of layers of government departmental spending to be examined. It is in beta, so one should be cautious about criticising it in its current form.
Louise Marston
Thursday, 1 August 2013
We held a really productive workshop with the recipients of our big data for innovation research grants last week at Nesta. There were different views in the room about whether we should be using the term 'big data' or not.
Louise Marston
Tuesday, 30 July 2013