Laurie was born and educated in Harare, Zimbabwe. She immigrated to South Africa and attended Rhodes University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, with majors in English and Speech and Drama.
Realizing that the world of the Arts was an interest rather than a passion, she entered the commercial world as a Personnel Consultant, managing the Temp Employment division of a large recruitment agency. Finding that her strengths lay in communications and marketing, Laurie entered the office automation industry, managing a Corporate Accounts portfolio for Rank Xerox.
She then moved to London, where she worked for one of the larger presentation bureaus, selling computer peripherals for corporate in-house production. Africa’s pull was too great and Laurie returned to Johannesburg three years later, re-entering the recruitment industry to recruit for the IT and Pharmaceutical industries.
Wanting a new challenge in her life Laurie decided to make a major change and entered the growing, demanding Security Industry where she sold holistic security solutions for a national security service provider. For the past 6 years Laurie has held the position of Manager: Business Development & Client Liaison for Whistle Blowers and is extensively involved with Whistle Blowers training and implementation.