Lauren comes to CLES from Sandwell Council, where she worked on projects including the Sandwell Aquatics Centre Commonwealth Games 2022 Legacy Plan and the Inclusive Economy Deal. Lauren brings with her to the role a wealth of experience in Sandwell as a place and its strategic opportunities for community wealth building and progressive economics. She is a graduate of the University of Warwick and has previously worked in the public sector, private sector and in higher education. She is passionate about the power of local economies and the ability of anchor institutions to change the outcomes of their local areas for the better, keeping wealth local and ensuring prosperous and healthy lives for all.
Here’s what Lauren said when we asked her, “why did you choose CLES?”
I have been following CLES and their work since I began working on community wealth building in local government. Previously I worked for Sandwell Council, and I am incredibly excited to continue working in Sandwell to advocate for progressive economics and local wealth retainment. Working for CLES as the Sandwell Anchor Network Co-ordinator will give me the opportunity to make a lasting difference for Sandwell, and for promoting these ideas across the UK, whilst utilising the wealth of knowledge that comes from CLES and their leading work in this area. It will also give me the opportunity to learn and develop progressive ideas and enhance my own knowledge of building inclusive and local economies.
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