Laura Harkins-Small brings a decade’s experience working with communities and businesses across the resources, infrastructure, utilities, financial and not-for-profit sectors. While she has experience delivering and managing all aspects of the process – from research to implementation – her true passion lies in developing game-changing strategy.
After spending five years based at Port Waratah Coal Services developing the community and social performance function from the ground up, she went to work in the UK as the national Community Investment Manager for the Prince’s responsible business network – Business in the Community. During this time, she was privileged to be at the forefront of a rethink of the Community Investment platform as well as the response to Brexit.
She is deeply passionate about the development of regions as the heart of sustainable societies.
For over a decade Laura has worked with communities and businesses across the resources, infrastructure, utilities, finance and not-for-profit sectors. Her background in community relations and social impact assessment for organisations such as Rio Tinto and Glencore (Xstrata) has given her a strong technical foundation delivering and managing all aspects of the process – from research to implementation. These roles also gave her first hand insights into some of the challenges and opportunities around how communities and businesses interact.
She further developed her passion and skill for game-changing strategy leading the development of the community and external relations function at global leader Port Waratah Coal Services. In late 2017 she returned to Australia from the UK where she worked at the national Community Investment Manager for the Prince's Responsible Business Network, Business in the Community.
In this role she was charged with reviewing the community investment service offering, including international benchmark tool CommunityMark. She was also involved in initial policy responses to Brexit which has since evolved into the Pride of Place campaign and provided strategic advice and support to leading national and international businesses.
Laura founded Many Small Things in 2018.
Regional Partner - Europe
After two decades working with many leading Australian and International organisations such as Coca-Cola Amatil, PepsiCo and SMS Management & Technology, Anna has developed a unique portfolio of skills and experience along with a strong passion for social responsibility. Over this time, she has built a formidable reputation for her insight, leading-edge strategies and value delivery.
Capitalising on her in-house and consulting experiences she has developed a specialisation in strategic planning, organisational analysis & design and stakeholder engagement & change management. More recently she has begun working in the emerging field of business architecture drawing on the experience gained in a diverse range of industries including IT, manufacturing & logistics, government, mining and transport.
Through her work Anna has seen how society and workplaces have evolved and understands the critical need for innovative models to deliver sustainable and socially responsible business. Her work with community-based organisations and projects, such as TEDxAarhus, has strengthened her insight and resolve to bring society and business closer together.
Anna is currently based in Aarhus, Denmark.