Laurie is a social entrepreneur with many years of experience in innovative youth development and youth service delivery. He has a track record of helping organisations achieve sustainable and respected approaches which engage and “grow” young New Zealanders. He has demonstrated innovative practice through leveraging the best of multiple relationships and sources of funding, in the interests of growing teams which produce and enable positive youth and family/whanau outcomes.
His focus on activity-based youth and community development has honed his skills and knowledge in the outdoor recreation field. He was been an active Assessor for SFRITO for many years, and contributed strongly to the growth of the Waka Ama movement nationally and regionally. He is an active Trustee for the Te Arawa Waka Taua. He has also been instrumental in providing youth worker professional development, including supporting the innovation of a regional youth worker training network in the Bay of Plenty over recent years. He is a registered Assessor for Youth Worker Certificate L3 L4.
Laurie has extensive management experience within the charitable sector. His management experience ranges from co-creating tiny voluntary organisations where there is a need or opportunity, to managing an organisation working in high risk environments both socially and physically, with multiple government contracts and philanthropic funding sources, thirty staff, and an annual turnover of $2m. He has been an active co-creator of many cross-sectoral collaborative initiatives and projects locally.
He has governance experience as a Trustee of a number of organisations, and as a Manager serving Boards. He has also served as the Chair of the Youth Advisory Committee to Government.