Since having her mind blown by a volunteer placement with orphaned and abandoned children in India in 1995, Lauren has worked alongside children and young people in disadvantaged situations around the world, including England, Africa and Central and South America. She studied a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England and moved to Australia in 2002.
Lauren’s initial work in Australia was with Pilotlight Australia (now Igniting Change) working to forge relationships between business, community and government to tackle old social issues in new ways. She left Pilotlight in 2006 to help establish Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Foundation in Australia. The Fifteen Foundation supports and trains young people from tough backgrounds as chefs in high-end restaurant environments
A passionate advocate for the role of young people in social change Lauren has been with Berry Street since 2007 in the role of Internal Consultant for Youth Empowerment & Participation. During this time she has worked on projects about child rights, cybersafety and leaving care, among others.
As the Youth Engagement Coordinator for the Berry Street Childhood Institute Lauren is excited about connecting with young people across Australia to look at how we can improve childhood for all children.