Writer and speech writing instructor
Laura is a writer of Scottish-Iranian heritage and a member of the Baháʼí Faith. She began a career in speech writing in Brussels after introducing US President Barack Obama’s ‘Address to European youth’ in 2014 with her own speech on the role of fathers in helping their daughters to succeed. In 2016, Laura returned home to join what she considered to be a growing “business for good” movement in Scotland; advising businesses and politicians on ethical communications and occasionally writing guest essays for The Scotsman. In 2021, Laura began writing children’s stories while playing with her young son, inspired by their somewhat unconventional cottage in Stirlingshire and the many creatures they’ve become accustomed to sharing it with. Laura is a Senior Fellow of the Landecker Democracy Fellowship, has recently started a new role as First Minister's Speechwriter and is the creator of the Scottish Festival of Political Communication.
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"A charming story about aspirations and going for your dreams.” Gerald Richards, CEO Super Power Agency
“Settle down for the adventure of a bedtime. Slime not included.” Rodger Evans, award-winning Speechwriter
"The most beneficial briefing I’ve ever been to."
"Will definitely be recommending highly to all staffers."
Training feedback from Members of Scottish Parliament
"Laura is passionate about inspiring people to drive change through words. Our session with Laura was insightful, tangible and practical. We now have actionable ideas to use as we go on in life either when writing or speaking."
Enoch Adeyemi FCCA, Founder of Black Professionals Scotland
"And it is you, the young people of Europe, young people like Laura, who will help decide which way the currents of our history will flow."