Here are just some of the people that are already involved with Room for Change. But we keep growing! There are many others and we'll keep adding information about our team and volunteers.
Laurie Oliva, Director
Laurie specialises in participation, that is: co-producing policies, services and decisions with the citizens whose lives they shape and she draws on her social research and design experience to do this. Laurie has always worked in the social sector, starting out in social housing and moving onto work within national charities including Stonewall, Victim Support and YoungMinds. Laurie loves working with local communities and now mostly does this through Taking Up Space, the community design studio that Laurie co-founded to promote women’s rights. Laurie was a first-generation university student and the daughter of two working class parents. She doesn't know how to describe her class anymore. At Stonewall, Laurie drew on her own lived experience to drive her work and as a women's rights campaigner, she is similarly motivated by her own life experiences. Laurie is a fellow of the RSA.
Lucie Russell, Ambassador
Lucie is currently CEO of Street Doctors, a charity teaching lifesaving skills to young people at risk of youth violence across the UK. This is facilitated through a movement of young healthcare volunteers who teach emergency first aid to 11-25 year olds, and create safe spaces for them to discuss attitudes to violence. Lucie is also a Trustee of Redthread Youth.
Lucie has an extensive track record of working at the cutting edge of social justice. Qualified as both a youth worker and social worker, Lucie began her career in the charity sector as one of the co-founders of the Big Issue and was a driving force in its development from a new venture into an international publishing success story, providing a hand up to many thousands of homeless people. Lucie also launched The Big Issue Foundation, the charitable arm of the organisation which provided a range of support services to homeless people across the country.
Other key achievements have included establishing SmartJustice, a national campaign based at the Prison Reform Trust which promoted community solutions to crime and in her role as Director of Campaigns and Media at YoungMinds, leading the national surge in media interest and public attention and action around the issue of children’s mental health. Lucie was previously Director of the Fair By Design campaign, tackling poverty, based at the Barrow Cadbury Trust. All Lucie's work has put lived experience front and centre in its content.
Lorraine Kay, Mentoring and Employability Lead
Lorraine is an accredited Senior Practitioner with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and is also a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She has extensive experience of personal and organisational development in a career spanning diverse organisations in the publishing, travel, financial services and public and social sectors. She has worked from entry to board level and her work has encompassed organisational and cultural change, leadership, empowerment and personal growth and career development. Lorraine believes passionately in the power of continuous learning and reflective practice and their role in supporting growth in both an individual's personal and professional lives. She believes that the sooner a young person consciously engages with these concepts, the greater the benefit they can provide for their adult lives and careers.
Lucy Davidson, Designer
Lucy is a multidisciplinary social designer with a BA in Graphic Design from Kingston School of Art. Lucy is passionate about designing for positive social change, with particular interests in class inequality, community and diversity. She is a Fellow of the RSA after winning one of their Student Design Awards in 2019 for designing an app to help boost political engagement amongst homeless people.
Lucy has a personal connection to Room for Change; being a recent graduate from a working-class background and striving to work in social design. She created Room for Change’s branding and website, alongside inputting research and ideas and is looking forward to continuing supporting Room for Change through design.