Laura Watkins


Laura has worked in a range of directorship roles in the private, public and not for profit sectors both in the UK and in the United Arab Emirates. A substantial part of her career has been in the area of improving the quality of services for children and young people with complex additional support needs. She has worked with local authorities, health services and service users to develop best practice by creating tools to ensure children and young people with complex additional support needs have a voice and are listened to. She also has significant experience working with some of the most vulnerable members of society including those with hidden disabilities and mental health conditions.

Laura has particular expertise in business transformation, process reengineering and infrastructure design. This includes the development of systems and procedures that develop quality and accountability. She has worked closely with Scottish Government over the last five years assisting with the historic child abuse inquiry and has worked with Police Scotland and local authority Child Protection Units to develop systems and practices to safeguard children within Scotland’s Independent and Grant Aided Schools.

Laura joined the VSS board because she believes that victims have a right to be supported by excellent people and services and during her time as a Board Trustee has worked with the CEO and the Board to assist in developing and governing an ambitions and dynamic new strategy.