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Laura is a skilled researcher and mediator with fifteen years’ experience working within the Higher Education and Retail sectors. In 2012 she obtained her PhD in Philosophy and Psychoanalytical Theory from the University of Liverpool. During her time at the University, she honed a number of key skills including putting together bids for funding, organising a number of large, international conferences, and setting up and maintaining networks of researchers. She also has experience of teaching and supervising students at undergraduate and graduate level. Laura has spoken at conferences and taught seminars on a wide variety of subjects, including psycholinguistics, feminism, and ethics. She also has several published journal articles and encyclopaedia entries.
After her PhD., Laura was asked to work with the late Professor Gillian Howie on the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) project ‘New Thinking on Living With Dying’, bringing together a network of academics and medical practitioners to discuss questions relating to well-being at times of chronic and terminal illness. Developing a special interest in issues relating to well-being, Laura was then invited to work as a researcher on the ‘N8 Industry Innovation Forum’ project ‘Extended Working Lives’, looking at the implications of/barriers to extended working life in two manufacturing SMEs in the North East of England. She was involved in the formation of a dynamic and collaborative team made up of researchers from the University of Liverpool, the universities of York and Newcastle, and several key industry and third sector partners (Years Ahead, Age Inclusive, and Age UK). The project received special commendation from the N8 Partnership.
Laura is also proud to have spent several years working for the John Lewis Partnership, where she developed a passion for sales, and, in particular, learned the value of excellent customer service delivery. She has worked in a variety of roles including staff training, customer services, and democracy.
Laura’s interest in mediation stems from her interest in workplace well-being and conflict management. Laura also has a strong interest in counselling and psychotherapy, and is particularly interested in the psychodynamic processes that occur during conflict. She is continuing to develop Link Mediation’s hub of consultancy services with Jan McDermott, focusing on the three key areas of the Home, Community, and Workplace, and exploring the sustainability of healthy relationships through mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR).
Laura is passionate about social justice and volunteers whenever she can. In 2014 she trekked Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, raising over £4500 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Areas of Specialist Knowledge/Interests:
- Commercial Mediation/’Business 2 Business’
- Workplace Mediation
- Psychotherapy/psychoanalytic theory/Counselling
- Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)