Laurie joined YoungMinds as Youth Engagement Manager in 2013 and is the strategic lead for participation, ensuring young people’s experiences are integrated into all elements of the organisation’s work and overseeing national engagement programmes for NHS England, Department of Health and other partners as well as a wide portfolio of community and service based programmes. Beginning her career in community engagement in social housing, Laurie has gone on to work in a number of national charities including Stonewall- where Laurie established the organisation’s first participation programme, Mental Health Foundation and Victim Support.
Laurie has developed expertise in creating participation programmes in a wide range of contexts with disadvantaged groups including the LGBT+ community; young offenders and refugee and asylum seekers. Since joining YoungMinds, programmes led by Laurie have included the YoungMinds Vs campaign which reached over 10,000 young people on and off line and the youth and family participation for the flagship Government policy ‘Future in Mind.’ Laurie’s work is guided by her passion about creating participatory cultures within systems to enable the development of societies and services that put people at the centre and take care of the most vulnerable. Alongside her work at YoungMinds, Laurie is involved in community engagement work within women’s rights organisations.