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Laura Leads to Exceed

For the latest Day in the Life feature, the Queendom has taken it to Olympic levels!

We chatted to Laura Baxter, Head of Network Development for Special Olympics Great Britain about all the different roles in her life and how she juggles it all.

Spinning plates

Ever feel like you are spinning several plates at once?

This is me on a daily basis and it’s been the case for a number of years.

It seems to be a skill that I have developed and I seem to be able to do it really well – who would have thought that this is an actual skill!  

It’s all about planning, co-ordination and doing what you love doing.

Working on a global stage

I work full time for Special Olympics Great Britain as the Head of Network Development, which came about after I had been a volunteer in the movement since 2007.  

My main responsibilities are to develop a high quality and fit for purpose operational network framework across GB that promotes sustainability, growth, strength and unified development.  

I play a key role in positioning Great Britain as a key sporting partner in the global Special Olympics movement.  

Special Olympics GB provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

We give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. 

Growing my own business

On top of my full-time role I run my business Lead to Exceed on a part time basis.  

Lead to Exceed is a sport capability building consultancy focusing on the development of Community Sport to enhance the sustainability through in-depth engagement and service provision for sports clubs, regional & national bodies as well as charitable organisations.  

I have very much had to feel my way through the establishment and development of my business and I have learnt that not everything follows textbook set up.

Hats the way to do it

I have several other hats – on a voluntary basis I am a Director on the Board of Directors of Water-ski and Wakeboard Scotland which is the National Governing Body for those water sport disciplines.  

I also sit on the Executive Committee of Special Olympics Tayside which is my local Special Olympics region.  

For Mia

Now on to the most important part of my busy and hectic life!

I have a very encouraging husband that supports me to do all my bits and pieces and I am also Mum to 4 year old Mia.  

I have always thrown myself into things to keep busy and to keep a positive traction with my career, but for me it is important that Mia is a big part of my working life.  

I hope that it shows Mia that working hard and smart is an achievable thing and that anything is possible.   

The key to being able to do everything for me is:

  • Working smartly
  • Using all time available
  • Work in a comfortable and enjoyable environment
  • Enjoy what you do.  

I live by these principles in everything I do, which is where my business name come from – Lead Change, Exceed Expectation, Develop Legacy.

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