Alum of the Month - July 2018

Lorraine Ansell

'The CEMS Exchange opened my eyes to many cultures, places and new ways of working'.
Lorraine Ansell


  • Programme studied: BSc Management & MSc Management (CEMS)
  • Year of Graduation: 2002 & 2003
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Alum of the Month for July is Lorraine. She has studied and worked abroad in Paris, Barcelona and London, working in PR, communications and marketing. Lorraine now runs her own voice over business.

What’s your current job?

I am a Voice Over Artist and Sound Engineer at Lorraine Ansell Voice Over.

What led you to start Lorraine Ansell Voice Over?

It started out as a happy hobby which I found myself enjoying more and more. I started gaining more clients until I was in a great position to be able to make it my full-time job. One day I might be reading phone messages, and another day bringing characters to life in audio dramas or video games. Last year I was part of the cast for Audible’s “Northanger Abbey”, with Emma Thompson and Lily Cole. I am also a BAFTA Games Crew member, as well as a Women in Games Ambassador, and double finalist from the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences.

Where have you worked previously?

I have worked for L’Oreal in Paris and London in the Marketing Departments, writing advertising copy, working on photo shoots, building a marketing matrix and much more. I also worked for Yves Saint Laurent, covering Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and several other brands in PR and Communications. Following that I worked in the Media and Audio Video department for Amnesty International HQ.

What are some of your best memories from studying in the Department of Management?

When I began my studies at LSE, the Department of Management was still to be formed so the programmes were very small - in my MSc cohort we were about ten or so people. My best memories are the camaraderie in our group, as well as the buzz from being located in central London. My time in the Department went by very quickly as it was a one year course, so we all made the most of it, from the teaching to the city itself.

What did you get from your CEMS experience?

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to study at ESADE, Barcelona for my term abroad. The theoretical teaching from LSE, coupled with the more practical nature of the CEMS courses, really helped me cover all bases – something very interesting for future employers. The CEMS Exchange also opened my eyes to many cultures, places and new ways of working. A wonderful opportunity to grow.

In what ways have you stayed involved with the Department of Management since graduating?

I regularly mentor current Management students which I thoroughly enjoy, as well as being on the CEMS Interview Panels for schools choice. I visit the Department regularly, talking on panels and taking the opportunity to meet current students. If you listen out for me, you may just hear me on some LSE videos!

What one piece of advice would you give to a current student or recent graduate?

Change happens, be fearless about that and know that your career will be long and varied so make the most of every step. You are just one thought away from a new experience.