Lauren Garden
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Lauren Garden

Writer & Researcher, D&I Consultant and PhotographerLondon, United Kingdom
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Lauren Garden

Writer & Researcher, D&I Consultant and PhotographerLondon, United Kingdom
About me
An accomplished, versatile researcher, writer and project manager, with experience in data handling and interpreting evidence, and a recognised keen eye for detail, initiative and creativity that has benefited the company bottom line. Now looking to secure a challenging and intellectually rewarding new role within research, writing, photography or Diversity and Inclusion, where I can utilise my neurodiverse thinking style, skills and expertise gained through experience in scientific and historical research and writing, travel photography, lived and professional experience of disability and inclusion, and of project management and collaboration to the best effect for the benefit of your organisation. Key competencies: • An eye for detail above that of others, neurodiverse thinking style and ability to see things from a different angle. • Experience of in-depth research, data handling and analysis, in an highly analytical setting • Ability to communicate complex findings and information, both verbally and in writing, in an understandable format • Creative, with new ideas to improve efficiency, company structure and results • Experience of leadership, and working in both small intimate teams and big departments • Able to demonstrate flexibility and ability to address multiple competing priorities, as required in my current role • Known for organisation and administrative abilities, and ability to absorb information • Diversity and Inclusion campaigner, specialist and change maker • Published digital writer • Established Photographer
Projects
  • Skills for Tomorrow Project Gold Award - Birmingham Enterprise Community
    Skills for Tomorrow Project Gold Award - Birmingham Enterprise CommunityThe Skills for Tomorrow programme is an intensive skills development programme helping empower individuals through the development of a range of entrepreneurial competencies through a blend of concept engagement and practical engagement. These competencies enabled me to be an effective problem solver and innovator. I am able to seek opportunities to create value and have an understanding of how to take ideas and turn them into real world action and impact. In order to earn this badge I had to
  • Dyspraxia Lead of the Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Network
    Dyspraxia Lead of the Dyslexia and Dyspraxia NetworkSupport our members in getting the support they need, making long lasting change within the organisation to make it more inclusive, and act as a SME to provide any advice to neurodiverse and neurotypical employees alike. Facilitating collaboration with external charities and bodies, and increasing visibility to senior stakeholders within EY. Supporting the potential expansion of the network to include all neurodiversity.
  • How to improve your writing with Plain English
    How to improve your writing with Plain EnglishArticle written for Scope as part of The Big Hack, drawing on my experience and qualification in Plain English https://bighack.org/how-to-improve-your-writing-with-plain-english/
Work history
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    Accessibility Content WriterScope
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    Contributor to Scope's The Big Hack campaign providing articles, guides and accessibility resources for businesses. Refer to my projects to see an updated portfolio of my published work with Scope.
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    IT Risk Assurance Consultant, then Workforce Advisory ConsultantERNST & YOUNG (EY)
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    IT Risk Assurance Consultant (Aug 2017-2019): I audited the systems of FTSE 100 companies for any security vulnerabilities in their programs that could lead to fraud or mistakes in their financial statements. I utilised my eye for detail and alternative thinking style to comprehensively cover all outcome, and professional scepticism to analyse system logs and evidence for indicators of issues. Validated, via interviews, the correctness of the information I had obtained, and my understanding, to ensure consistency and correctness in an industry that is regulated. I explained complex IT infrastructure and platform concepts to financial staff and convinced them of the importance of making the required changes. Worked on many projects at fast pace, and rapidly learnt about and understood new systems, company structures, technology and complex processes on every project move. Workforce Advisory Consultant (Aug 2019 - Present): I aid clients in their workforce agenda on culture change, diversity and inclusiveness strategies, learning campaigns and technology enabled change. I collaborate with teammates in order to organise company-wide national change programs under tight timelines and budgets. Every day is different, and agility and flexibility is required as tasks and events often change last minute. I’m solely responsible for my own work-stream within each project, driving the strategy and prioritising actions to take to complete deliverables whilst also proactively jumping in to support others. I write documents, emails, video scripts, and more as part of communication and engagement work, requiring different writing styles to suit different audiences, and understanding of our target audiences. Key Achievements • Made connections where others didn’t, to proactively identify future risks to security • Impressed senior leadership on ability to interpret the information given by clients, make the relevant connections, and then ask the right questions to get what we needed. This was across a language barrier, so required adaptability when technical questions didn’t always translate directly from one language to another • My suggestions and ideas taken forward by client to be incorporated into training that reaches close to 200,000 people nationally. • Microsoft Office, Teams and Technology champion
Skills
  • Photography Editing
  • Research
  • Article Writing
  • Diversity
  • Photography
  • Detail Orientated
  • Accessibility
  • Technical Writing
  • Content Writing
  • Entrepreneur
Education
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    Plain EnglishPlain English Course
     - London, United Kingdom
    Completed a course in Plain English: http://www.plainenglish.co.uk/about-us.html