Laura Bouttell

Laura Bouttell

Say hello to Laura Bouttell, our Managing Director. Laura is serious about inspiring people and helping build better leaders and cultures for her clients.

As Managing Director of Quarterdeck Laura is serious about inspiring people and pulls from her wide range of experience in the worlds of Academia, Policing and Business to help build better leaders and cultures for Quarterdeck's clients.


Laura has 3 degrees, 2 of which are from Oxford University. She is a published author and editor in the competitive field of academia.

After studying Business at University she spent a short stint at Coopers & Lybrand where she realised a career in accounting wasn’t for her.

Wondering what to do with her life she took a surprising career turn and joined the Police in Chapeltown, Leeds, where she qualified as Sergeant in the quickest possible time being promoted quickly from being on the beat to the Murder Incident team. When Laura realised that she wasn’t making the difference she wanted to in the world in the Police she decided to go back to the business world to pursue a new endeavour.

Laura built her own Interior Design company from scratch and worked on substantial projects, managing large teams and navigating tricksy clients. She featured on television, on the Home show and Channel 4's "Location Location Location", and in magazines such as 25 Beautiful Homes, Country House and Yorkshire Life on a regular basis.

After 10 years running her own company Laura decided to undertake a new challenge and fulfil her dream of studying English Literature at Oxford University. While still working full time in her business Laura scored one of the top 5 marks in the country in English A-Level and navigated the notorious Oxbridge interview process to secure offers from both Oxford and Cambridge.

As a result of her time in the corporate world, the Police, her own business and her time at Oxford, Laura has seen the gritty side of life as well as the ivory towers and uses her experiences in these diverse fields to help clients thrive the competitive world of corporate leadership and culture.

Media and Speaking

Laura has a long history of media experience from being a regular contributor to Home and Lifestyle magazines and television programmes from her time as an Interior Designer.

As Managing Director at Quarterdeck she has regularly contributed to shows on BBC Radio Leeds and Harrogate's Stray FM. She has written articles for many business websites and trade magazines including Training Journal.

She has spoken at Academic Conferences at Oxford University, the Brand Yorkshire Conference and events for the Chartered Institute of Insurance among many others.

Not to mention that Laura is also one of our premier trainers, being responsible for delivering training and executive coaching to companies big and small and is on her feet in front of large groups of people at least once a week.