Laura lives in Borgue, near Kirkcudbright, with her four children, husband and several chickens. She has been a community activist and organiser since her twenties.

Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Laura chose to make Scotland her home after coming to study history at Edinburgh University, and has previously worked in technical publishing, social enterprise and broadcasting. Laura’s a founding trustee of two charities - Massive Outpouring of Love, which supports displaced people and refugees in Dumfries and Galloway, and Kirkcudbright Skatepark.

Laura has earned a reputation as a formidable campaigner and hard-working community organiser. She has led successful campaigns to halt cuts to rural bus services, end peat extraction and pushed Dumfries and Galloway council to adopt one of the most ambitious Climate Emergency declarations in the country.