Laura Ryder

Head of Finance and Operations

Laura is the Head of Finance and Operations at UpRising and works in the London office.

What is your motivation for working at UpRising?
It was only when someone created the opportunity for me to see the influence and leadership potential in me, that I began to see it for myself. I know the benefit of being equipped and empowered by organisations such as UpRising first hand, and I want to see that replicated over and over. We are raising up a generation of confident, courageous, inspiring and influential young leaders and it is exciting to watch unfold.

What were you doing before you worked at UpRising?
I've been working in charity sector for most of my professional life. Before UpRising, I was on the senior leadership team for another charity supporting and resourcing individuals (and those helping them) navigate life-controlling issues.

What is one piece of advice you would give your 18 year old self?
Don't be afraid to take one step, even if you can't see the whole path. Your journey is unique to you, so don't try and live someone else's!