Laura Southerland

Senior Strategic Communications Executive (Temporary Placement)

  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

About me


I have fifteen years of experience of stakeholder engagement, project management, strategy development and implementation, international working, research and written communication. I am now seeking roles in the arts and cultural sector, leveraging an MA in Arts Policy and Management which I achieved with distinction in 2013.



  • Research
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Grant Writing
  • Fundraising
  • Strategy Development
  • Project Manaement
  • Marketing Branding
  • Arts Policy/cultural Heritage/government Policy Anlaysis
  • Arts Management
  • Strategic Communication Planning
  • International Project Management
  • Grant Management
  • Writing
  • International Business Development

Work history


Senior Strategic Communications Executive

British Medical Association

Jul 2015
  • I project manage the communications associated with cross-organisational initiatives on high profile issues such as end of life care and assisted death and secondary uses of medical data.


Project Manager

Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

Jul 2013 - Jun 2015
  • • Delivered the strategic, business and operational development of the RSA’s global presence. • Managed an international membership network and thought creatively about how to enhance the offer to non-UK members by developing curated content and identifying and managing platforms which support networks. • Undertook project scoping and business development with a view to increasing the organisation’s profile internationally, developing impactful projects and generating income. • Managed the international portfolio of the RSA including two challenging projects and maintaining positive relations with the Executive Team and Trustee Board during a nine month period when the role of Director RSA Global was vacant.



Arts Policy and Management

Birkbeck College, University of London

Aug 2011 - Aug 2013


    Development Studies

    School of Oriental and African Studies University of London

    Aug 2000 - Aug 2001



      University of St. Andrews

      Aug 1995 - Aug 1999



        Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce