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2019 is our 50th anniversary and we are championing some of the people who help make Scottish Ballet a great place to work. Each week we will introduce you to a different career at Scottish Ballet and the person behind it.

As Executive Assistant to the CEO / Artistic Director, Laura's role is to support Christopher Hampson and ensure that he is in the right place at the right time. 

We caught up with Laura to find out more about her role and what she loves about Scottish Ballet. 

You’re celebrating eight years with Scottish Ballet this year… Congratulations! Tell us about your journey with the company so far.

I joined Scottish Ballet as Receptionist / Administrator originally then after almost two years I moved into the role of Administration Officer. In 2014 I took up the position of Executive Assistant to the CEO and Artistic Director. At the time this meant I was supporting two of the Senior Management Team, whereas now I support Christopher Hampson in his dual role as CEO / Artistic Director.

What’s the most challenging part of your role? 

My primary focus is managing Chris’ time, but my role is pretty varied as I am also involved in the scheduling of our UK tours and the administration behind contracting the choreographers and designers we work with. The biggest challenge is Chris’ diary, or “diary Jenga” as I like to think of it. He's incredibly busy, but we do a good job of fitting it all in!

You’ve been with the company over different Artistic Directorships. How have you seen the company grow through those changes?

Scottish Ballet has always been doing amazing things, but it feels like it’s really ramped up lately – we recently announced our 2020 season which is so exciting. Chris is the only Artistic Director I have supported, so I am much closer to the action than I was at the start of my Scottish Ballet journey – I see every step as things develop from an idea he has right through to completion.  

What is your favourite thing about working with Scottish Ballet?

Scottish Ballet is a brilliant place to work, and I absolutely love the job I do. I have fantastic colleagues (we laugh a lot), who are ultimately all striving for the same result – the sense of pride you feel when you see the performance reach the stage. It's such a buzz!

What’s your ‘get up and go’ song?