Following an initial career as a book restorer in the Netherlands, Lauren changed course to qualify as a trainer and counsellor, and has developed a career in training and consultancy with particular emphasis on substance misuse issues and addiction.

Lauren has a wealth of experience in development, delivery and evaluation of a range of training courses on alcohol awareness, alcohol intervention and brief advice (IBA), and screening young people for alcohol use disorders, among others. She has a particular background in delivering workplace alcohol harm reduction programmes with clients such as British Telecom, Royal Navy and Oracle.

Lauren has recently undertaken work on understanding the links between alcohol misuse and domestic abuse, to help integrate the Blue Light techniques and approaches in different settings, as well as researching and drafting a manual and training for carers of drinkers who have developed Alcohol Related Brain Damage (ARBD).