Laura is Managing Director of a HR consultancy specialising in change management, diversity and inclusion, training, and leadership development. Prior to this, she was a Civil Servant for 13 years, leading operational functions and cross-Government policy development in equality and diversity, health and safety, planning and renewable energy, and EU Directives. She also chaired corporate boards, and was a member of cross-departmental strategy boards chaired at Ministerial level.
Laura is a Multi Academy Trust-appointed governor at a primary school in Merseyside where she is the lead governor for Curriculum and Health and Safety. Laura became a school governor because she believes in public service and recognises the value of a good, broad education to help young people progress in life, develop their unique talents, and provide them with choices for the future. She was also Head Girl at Tarleton High School, where she regularly met with members of the Governing Board and Head Teacher, experiencing first hand the positive impacts of effective school governance on children’s development and the school environment. All of this led to a love of lifelong learning, graduating in 2005 with honours in English Language and Literature and embarking on a part time Masters degree in Human Resource Management alongside working full time in 2016.
In addition to her School Governor role, Laura volunteers within the wider education sector as a Mentor with the Social Mobility Foundation and Inspiring the Future charities, and through the Newcastle University Alumni network. She is also a Mental Health Champion, Stonewall Ally, and Dementia Friend.