Laura is a pioneer in art therapy and arts for wellbeing services for children and young people in hospitals. With her husband John, Laura founded Teapot Trust in 2010 to redress the balance in care for children with hidden and/or complex rheumatology conditions by providing art therapy to support their mental wellbeing. Through Laura’s tenacity and the hard work of the Teapot Trust team this ground-breaking work has helped put art and creativity on the mental health agenda, the importance of which has been recognised by a number of prestigious awards.

Since 2018, Laura has also held a Trustee position at National Museums Scotland, which she enjoys as it reminds her of her first job when she trained at the Science Museum, after University. She was on the Court of Queen Margaret University for 3 years, 2016 – 2019. She has attended Downing Street on three occasions: as a social entrepreneur, for International Women’s Day and as a significant NHS partner for an [email protected] meeting.

Offering a trusted, independent viewpoint, Laura is also an ILM7 qualified Executive Coach and member of the Association of Coaching. She enables Founders and CEOs to have dedicated time for strategic thinking and problem solving. She is passionate about wellbeing and interested in what makes an organisation and its people resilient.  As a speaker, her focus is on founding charities, the lived experience of chronic conditions, coping with grief and on what makes us resilient and happy.

She is a Guild Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. She received an Honorary Doctorate from Queen Margaret University in 2015, and in 2016, was awarded an MBE in recognition of her services to children with health conditions. Laura is also a Mental Health First Aider.