Meet Louise Cotton, Project Administrator at Woodley BioReg

We’re a diverse team at Woodley BioReg, and our people — from consultants to support staff — are at the heart of what we do.

Today, we’re getting to know our project administrator, Louise Cotton, and finding out a little more about her, at work and in life generally.

Can you summarise your role in one paragraph? 

I’m the projects administrator at Woodley BioReg, so I liaise with clients and consultants. I ensure time is tracked efficiently, in order to give the client a clear and concise record of all activities. It’s also my responsibility to make sure that we provide a first-class service and experience for all of our customers.

What’s the best part of your job?

The people side of things, especially getting to speak to clients and customers regularly.

What was your journey to Woodley BioReg?

I worked in the travel industry for over 27 years before moving to be nearer home, taking a role with a textile engineering firm. I was then offered a wonderful opportunity to work for Woodley BioReg just over a year ago.

What would you like to achieve at work in the next 12 months?

A greater understanding of the regulatory world – there is always more to learn! I aim to be the best I can at my job.

Can you describe what life is like at Woodley BioReg?

It’s different every day, with new challenges to overcome.  We’re always busy, but it’s very interesting and I get to work as part of a great team — we all help each other strive to be the best at what we do.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A police dog handler.

Share an interesting fact about you that not many people know

I’ve travelled most of the world, including the former Soviet Union over 13 times, from Ukraine — visiting St Petersburg, Moscow, Siberia, the Baltics, Central Asia, and the Black Sea region. I also lived and worked in South Africa for a year.

A really fun fact is that I used to be part of the travel team that booked the musician Paul Simon’s concerts throughout South Africa, and enjoyed the backstage life and concerts!

How do you switch off while away from work?

I relax by cooking, reading, and travelling.

Tell us five places you love to visit – whether they are geographical locations, eateries, attractions, shops or anything else! (Let’s assume pandemic restrictions do not apply).

At this point in the pandemic, I just want to visit my family! I’d love to go to Canada to see my sister, and relatives closer to home in the North West of England, and Lincoln. I also really fancy a holiday in Italy, but any coastal area will do me.

In terms of restaurants, I can’t wait to go to Gaucho in Manchester.

What’s one great piece of wisdom you’ve learned in work or in life?

Life is not a rehearsal. Live well, learn, listen, and enjoy life – you only have one go at it.

Louise Cotton tells why she likes to work at WBR