Laura is Operational Director at Changing Lives, leading Women’s Services, Criminal Justice, Health and Employment. She has over 20 years’ experience in the statutory and voluntary sectors; working as a Probation Officer before joining Changing Lives in 2006.

Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, her projects span the North and Midlands and include holistic women’s centres, domestic abuse, women in the criminal justice system, services for women and men with experience of sexual exploitation and sex work.  Laura also has significant experience managing European funded contracts and Social Impact bonds. 

Laura is trustee on a number of boards including Millfield House Foundation, Chair of 1772 Debtor’s Relief Charity and, until 2017, Women’s Breakout.  She now provides women’s sector expertise for RR3, a voluntary sector advisory group to the Ministry of Justice.  Laura has been Visiting Fellow of University of East Anglia following research into sex work and sexual exploitation.