About Laurelle Director
Areas of expertise
- Strategic Planning and Execution
- Programme & Project Management
- Cross-function Collaboration
- Inclusive and Systems Leadership
- Service Design & Delivery
- Staff Groups & Networks
- MA Youth and Community Work, University of East London
- PGCert Management, Birkbeck College, University of London
- BA Philosophy, Heythrop College, University of London
Laurelle began her career as a volunteer worker on play schemes and respite breaks for children with disabilities, and fundraising for her local Women’s Aid Refuge. She later qualified as a JNC recognised Youth and Community Worker, a role which inherently centres on tackling inequality and embracing diversity, namely in the interest of young people. This background has provided Laurelle with an in-depth understanding of trauma, relational-based approaches and the impact of structural inequalities the health and outcomes in work and life.
“As Principal Consultant, Laurelle possesses extensive knowledge, experience and expertise in strategic and operational leadership and management across child protection, safeguarding and inclusion and diversity.”
Laurelle’s 18-year career in children and young people’s services has entailed the delivery of high quality services across a variety of settings. Progressing upwards through voluntary, operational, research and strategic roles, Laurelle has managed projects and programmes at a local, regional, national and international level. Notably, Laurelle has a high level of interest, knowledge and expertise in practice and services for young people ‘ at risk of’ or that have experienced or perpetrated violence, as well as closely linked home and community factors such as a lack of safety, deprivation and neglect.
Children and Young People
Founder, Laurelle Brown’s previous and current, roles have largely entailed working with children and young people labelled with terms such as having ‘complex needs’ or being ‘at risk’. This has been a key interest area of Laurelle, one which she has undertaken further research throughout her career to expand her own expertise and shape practice. Laurelle’s MA thesis entitled ‘Child Sexual Exploitation via Grooming: A Further Education response’ saw her re-design the child protection and safeguarding policy, protocol and training approach across Newham College of FE, and her Churchill Fellowship ‘Caring for All: A comparative study of foster care for adolescents with complex needs’ has seen her implement recommendations within local authority and independent fostering agency recruitment and training strategies.
Inclusion and belonging
Laurelle has spent her entire career working on this agenda in various capacities, from volunteer through to systems leadership roles. In employment, Laurelle led on or formed part of project teams delivering organisational EDI programmes, including at Barnet Council, The Children’s Society, London Violence Reduction Unit and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime. This has included developing cross-cutting EDI strategies, commissioning EDI Consultants, undertaking staff engagement and data analysis and chairing all-staff equalities networks. Laurelle’s career has enabled her to hone an exceptional skillset and understanding of inclusion and belonging within the public sector. Laurelle has expertise in applying the public sector equality duty lens across a range of organisations and functions, assessing equality impact on staff and stakeholders and designing services, strategies and plans accordingly.
At LBTC, Laurelle has led a diverse range of projects for a clients across various sectors and of different sizes. This has included end-to-end organisational EDI strategies to one-off learning and development activities.