Laura Rofe welcome to our team !
IARS is thrilled to welcome Laura to our team.
She participated in our Youth Advisory Board (YAB) to listen to young people’s concerns about their future. We have gathered them on a word cloud (above) and invited her to write about her involvement with IARS. This is what she said:
Firstly I would like to say that I am thrilled to have joined the IARA Team as Associate Trustee for the Women’s Advisory Board!
A bit about me:
I am Australian and have been living in London for over 8 years now! Over the course of my career I have worked in the financial services sector, an industry that is known to be very male dominated. From here my passion for diversity and female empowerment grew and so did my involvement in supporting this cause. Over the years I have been involved with many charities as well as mentoring programmes supporting young people with a focus on women. More recently I launched an internal mentoring programme at my company to support women and help improve gender diversity within the company.
On a personal note, I love travelling and have visited 45 countries, I play the piano and also enjoy setting myself a fitness challenge each year – so far I have done things like cycling from London to Paris and the 5 peak challenges where I’ve hiked the 5 highest mountains in the UK/Ireland in 48 hours!
My (YAB) user group experience:
Last week I was pleased to have been invited to join my first IARS user group. I was very impressed with the number of people in the session and their level of enthusiasm and involvement – There are clearly some very passionate and creative members. During the meeting, it was fantastic to get an overview of the projects currently on the go and the impact they are having as well as what is planned for the coming months (and what I can hopefully get involved with!). I think that the feedback from user groups is highly valuable and it is one of the reasons IARS really stands out as a charity. Having that knowledge and information first hand from such a diverse group of young people is what I feel is key to creating successful campaigns and projects.
What’s next steps:
I am excited and very much looking forward to working with the Teams and contributing to the campaigns so that together we can all impact change for the youth of today and tomorrow and ensure that we have an equal and diverse world for them to live in!