Chief of Staff to the CEO, Grant Thornton UK LLP
As Grant Thornton’s first ever Chief of Staff, Laura works with the CEO and her executive team to develop and embed the firm’s new purpose, strategy and Shared Enterprise culture. Laura adds value through her authentic and open leadership style and willingness to provide considered, constructive challenge to all levels in a way that the helps the receiver to hear and accept the feedback.
Working closely with Sacha Romanovitch, the UK’s first female CEO of a large accountancy and consulting firm, Laura has the privilege of learning a huge amount from observing how the very best leaders behave. Laura is an active advocate for the firm and for a more inclusive style of leadership focusing on collaboration, openness to vulnerability and bringing your whole self to work.
Laura is passionate about unleashing potential in others, especially young women. Throughout her career Laura has acted as a mentor and coach to many men and women both inside and outside the firm. Laura gets a huge amount of joy from helping someone to realise their ambitions, take the next step forward or just build some self-confidence in their abilities.
Laura is a keen advocate of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In philosophy and an active member of a Lean In Circle of senior women in the City. She also blogs for Fractio Vitri, an inclusive network that supports and integrates young women under 35 from a variety of industries. Laura hopes that her involvement in the Women in the City Future Leaders Award will encourage other women to speak up about their achievements and in turn inspire others to achieve more.
Prior to her current role Laura enjoyed eleven years working on corporate insolvencies and forensic investigations, firstly in Southampton and later in London.
Laura can mainly be found on Twitter at @Laura_SBerry