Laura Purandare

Laura has worked in various roles within NHS clinical research for over fifteen years. She is particularly passionate about advocating for the design, delivery and awareness of innovative, high quality research to improve the treatment, quality of life and outcomes for patients, now and in the future. She now leads a team of research coordinators and support staff ,and supports a wide range of clinicians and academics with the design and delivery of their research endeavours. 

Laura worked in cancer research for a number of years, meeting Emma in early 2010. She soon became involved supporting Shine and raising awareness of the fabulous support that Shine offers to young adults with cancer. As her passion and enthusiasm grew, she became a volunteer in the run up to the launch of the Small C project. She is very proud to be a Trustee for Shine and is currently the charity secretary.

As well as working for Bournemouth Hospital and her Trustee work, Laura is a Visiting Associate for Bournemouth University's Centre of Postgraduate Medical Research and Education, a Professional Member of the Institute of Clinical Research and a qualified coach with the NHS TVWLA. She can often be found at Shine events behind the camera.