Laura is Volans’ lead in finance. She is in control of all things numbers, and ensures that we run an efficient and supported team.
She is our engine room and in charge of all invoice processing, reconciling accounts, liaising with clients, suppliers and most importantly payroll – we ensure we have the best biscuits when Laura comes in.
She has cross-industry accounts understanding having worked in building corporations to software companies before stumbling across Louise at gDiapers.
Outside of work, Laura also runs a comparatively tight ship as mum to three children (Jessica, 22, Leo, 6 and Elizabeth, 3), is Co-Chair of her son’s school PTA and leader of a Girlguiding Rainbows Unit.
Laura’s Superpower: Solving complex number problems and ensuring everything fits into the right boxes.
Q. Why do you do what you do?
A. I love numbers and adding things up. Our household is very numbers focussed, with my husband and eldest daughter also very science-y. Anything to do with writing and stories we’re completely rubbish at, but we’re hoping that one of the little ones will be great at English – at the moment that’s looking very unlikely though.
Q. What brought you here?
A. A wonderful twist of fate. Ironically, the morning before Louise called me asking if I would come to Volans, I was flicking through my emails and found the original email Louise sent me offering me my old job back at gDiapers. So, when Louise rang that afternoon I thought I had accidently called her first.
Q. How did you wake up to the change agenda?
A. A trigger topic for me has always been waste and when I had my second lot of children, I was older and more aware of climate change as a hot topic. I wanted to get more involved with the bigger problems in our society and with two young babies running around an obvious theme in front of me was nappies. I was sick of using disposable nappies and started looking into alternatives, which is how I got in touch with Louise. And the rest is history…
Q. Where is your centre of gravity: past, present or future?
A. If you asked me 20 years ago I would have said the past, but now it’s definitely the future. Everything we do now is for the future of our children and future of their children. We have a duty to build everything better for them.