Laurel manages UNA-UK’s outreach programmes, working with UNA-UK's grassroots supporters, universities, NGOs, partners and other key constituencies to build support for the UN in the UK. She leads on the charity's policy work on atrocity prevention, with a particular focus on the Responsibilty to Protect. She has represented the organisation at the UN General Assembly Informal Dialogue on R2P, at the Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes conference in Uganda and as part of the UK's working group on atrocity prevention. She is a member of ECR2P's Women Network on the Responsibility to Protect, Peace and Security.
Before joining UNA-UK, Laurel worked in policy for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs at the United Nations in New York, focussing on the Security Council report of the Secretary-General on the protection of civilians in armed conflict and supporting preparations for the first World Humanitarian Summit, held in May 2016. Prior to this role, Laurel worked in human rights education for Amnesty International and as a legal caseworker for Body&Soul charity, an HIV advocacy charity.
Laurel acts as a delegate and regional board member for Remembering Srebrenica and as a London advisory board member for Tell Mama, working to combat intolerance and hatred in society. She has been an ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust for seven years, engaging students and the wider public in genocide prevention and education.
Laurel holds a first class history degree from the University of Bristol, specialising in genocide studies. Whilst at university, Laurel worked teaching first year historians. She has volunteered across multiple organisations and countries; from improving agricultural sustainability in schools across Lesotho and Swaziland to working with refugees in Calais.