As HarperCollins UK’s CIO, Laura oversees the company’s technology division, and has oversight for Distribution and Production, which includes the company’s distribution centre in Glasgow. She believes passionately in redressing the existing gender imbalance by championing women in technology and emphasising the message that women can enjoy enormously interesting and rewarding careers in the sector. Laura sits on HCUK’s Executive Committee and regularly interviews colleagues at all levels up to and including CEO as a leadership resource for HarperCollins intranet training hub, speaking at and sharing best practise at trade and technology events and conferences. She also sits on the employee led diversity and inclusivity council where she supports and helps promote progressive initiatives across the business. Mentoring is a key passion of Laura’s and something she has been actively involved in for over fifteen years. As well as mentoring female employees within HarperCollins she has acted as an external mentor for two mentoring organisations, SWIMM and WING. WING is a cross-industry organisation that helps mentor women in the workplace, which she co-founded whilst at Time Warner, and now includes businesses such as Oracle, Condé Nast, MVF Global, News UK, and of course HCUK.