Hello! I'm Laura.

I have spent the past nine years working in community engagement, strategy & operations, and programme design.

My broad range of experience has enabled me to be part of some amazing projects helping entrepreneurs and founding teams in social enterprises, startups, and non-profit organisations.

I’m passionate about using my skills to enhance organisations and contribute to the growth of the wider business environment. My career has taken me across the UK (London, Sheffield, and the North of England) and internationally (Peru, Palestine, Estonia, and Cuba).

I'm always on the look-out for interesting projects and collaborations where I can contribute my skills and experience.



LauraIHBennett.com, April 2017 onwards

Community engagement, ecosystem development, programme design and workshop delivery, and strategy for digital tech, entrepreneurship ecosystems and social enterprises. 


URBACT AD-Hoc expect

urbact.eu/bennett, July 2017 onwards

Approved URBACT ad-hoc expert for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities. Thematic expertise in Local Economic Development (entrepreneurship & competitive SMEs).


Programme Lead, Founders' Network

Tech North, 2016 - 2017

Strategic and operational design, development, and management of the entire programme, from initial concept to execution. Included co-designing content, writing copy, and measuring impact.



Tech North, 2015 - 2016

Developed the community engagement strategy for Tech North; fostered and managed stakeholder relationships; made useful introductions across the North; negotiated sponsorship.



Founder Centric, 2014 - 2015

Established the company’s mission, vision and values; productised workshops and teaching materials for open-source use; designed and implemented internal operational processes; managed key partnerships.


Director of Operations & PrograMmEs

Awamaki, 2012 - 2014

Led a team of 12 international staff; re-focused strategic goals to scale the organisation; developed income-generating programmes; evaluated and monitored impact; financial forecasting and auditing. 

Master's of Science, Globalisation
& Latin American Development

2007 - 2008

Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London, UK

BA (Hons) French Studies
and Hispanic Studies

2003 - 2007

University of Birmingham,


2005 - 2006

Universidad de la Habana,
Havana, Cuba