Laura joined ClientEarth from her role as British High Commissioner to New Zealand. She has spent 20 years in Government, and diplomatic roles across Africa, Asia and Europe. During that time, she has worked extensively on climate, environmental and sustainability issues. Laura brings a deep understanding of global policy issues and international relations, alongside extensive senior leadership and partnership-building experience, all of which will be critical as we expand our impact globally.

As British High Commissioner, she worked to strengthen the UK-New Zealand relationship, including through the negotiation of a standard-setting Free Trade Agreement, co-operation with New Zealand and the South Pacific during the UK’s COP26 Presidency, and work on international security. She also worked to strengthen the UK’s relationship with New Zealand Māori. In her role as Governor of the Pitcairn Islands she was responsible for the governance and sustainability of the Islands, and efforts to maximize the benefits of its Marine Protected Area – the fourth largest in the world.

I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead such a pioneering and effective organisation at this critical time for our planet. ClientEarth has delivered enormous impact in the 15 years since James founded it, and I am looking forward to working with its brilliant team and supporters to build on that success.