Nick co-founded ASOS.com in 2000. His career began in 1987 at the advertising agency Young and Rubicam. In 1991 he moved to Carat, the UK’s largest media planning and buying agency. In 1995 he co-founded Entertainment Marketing, a marketing services business. Nick was awarded an OBE in 2011 for his achievements in the world of fashion retailing.
Nick was a patron of the Retail Trust for a number of years and is involved in EDP Trust, an educational charity in Ghana as well as his work with the ASOS Foundation. ASOS is all about fashion for twenty somethings, and as the company has grown, Nick has demonstrated his commitment to providing opportunities for young people through fashion and technology. Most recently he has been influential in launching the ASOS Foundation’s digital skills programme, and regularly speaks at events for start-up companies and small businesses. He continues to support the development of textile technology skills and businesses in the UK, to provide jobs for young people and boost the UK garment manufacturing industry. Nick is also an advocate of the Geared for Giving campaign, which seeks to increase the number of UK employers offering their employees the opportunity to donate to charity through their pay
Louise is a chartered member of the CIPD with a background in theatre and arts management that includes a number of years managing international touring theatre and dance companies, a period at the Arts Council and 7 years as director of a West End theatre marketing and advertising agency. She joined ASOS in 2004 as Head of HR and in 2008 launched the company’s corporate responsibility department and Fashion with Integrity strategy, incorporating Ethical Trade, sustainable sourcing and business, and community engagement. In 2009 Louise set up ASOS Foundation to support young people and communities in the UK, India and Kenya by developing essential skills, talents, jobs, infrastructure and new businesses. Louise has taken part in parliamentary enquiries on the charity sector – Growing Giving – and on young people and body confidence. She is also a member of the Equalities Minister’s advisory group on Positive Body Image.
As a volunteer, Louise worked for 10 years on environmental and community projects in the parks and green spaces in North London, and has 9 years’ experience as a school governor. She is currently part of a team developing a community woodland on the outskirts of Bath, Somerset. In 2014 Louise was awarded Best Individual Contribution at the Institute of Fundraising Payroll Giving Excellence Awards.