Lauren (she/her/hers) is a young bisexual woman from Clydebank and is a Politics and Public Policy student at the University of Glasgow. She joined the SNP 2017 and has since been elected to a range of positions within the Party. As well as being the YSI’s National Equalities Officer, Lauren is also her branch’s Youth and Equalities Officer and is the National Bisexual Officer for Out for Independence, the SNP’s LGBTQ+ Wing.
Prior to her election to the YSI’s National Committee, she also held various regional positions for YSI West including Secretary and Women’s Officer. From a young age, Lauren has shown signs of commitment and dedication to everything that she does. She was a Girl Guide from the age of 7 until she was 14, achieving her Baden Powell Challenge Award which is the highest award a Guide can achieve, and then went on to volunteer as a Young Leader for the organisation for two years. Lauren also attended Girls Brigade until the age of 16 and was awarded the Brigader Brooch, the second highest award that can be achieved in Girls’ Brigade Scotland.
Outside of these, Lauren spent a great deal of time volunteering within her local community which went on to help her achieve her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, and her volunteering efforts were further recognised through her completion of the Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Challenge in 2016. Lauren has always been a strong advocate for equalities and hopes to bring this same passion and enthusiasm to her role as National Equalities Officer. She is committed to making sure that the YSI is an example of what can be achieved when equality is put at the heart of everything that’s done and wants to ensure that we continue to be the welcoming and inclusive organisation that we pride ourselves to be