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Laura Batchelor

Laura Batchelor, Partner

FIPRA

Laura.batchelor@fipra.com

My Job

I am a partner in FIPRA International, and Head of the Healthcare Lifesciences and Well-being Practice.

My Experience

I have advised on EU and national government relations issues over the past 20 years and have been part of the management team driving the growth of FIPRA’s Brussels team since 2008. An essential ingredient of success, has been developing public affairs strategies which find the common ground between the public and the private interest.

My expertise is in the pharmaceutical, medical devices and life sciences sectors. I have built up a practice with a great team of colleagues; through a sound understanding of the interplay between EU and national policies, we have developed strategies for policy driven growth for our clients and supported market access. It has been an exciting journey advising on the creation of a number of multi-stakeholder coalitions which have effectively shaped policy thinking and political action at European and national level.

I previously spent one year in Washington DC, building partnerships and business for the FIPRA Network, followed by five years in the UK, where I was Vice Chair of Business for New Europe (BNE), a coalition of business leaders advocating for positive engagement in the EU.

I am a founder and board member of W@Lifesciences and also active in the Brussels chapter of the European Network of Women in Leadership (WIL).

My Proudest Achievements

Knowing the tangible impact of my work on people’s lives is a real driver for me.  The most ambitious campaign, which I am most proud of, is successfully convincing the European Commission to repeal and amend EU health and safety legislation which threatened the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.  This life-saving measure was delivered through the “Alliance for MRI”  – made up of the European Society of Radiologists, leading patient advocates and industry. Only twice has the EU repealed a Directive!

My Education

French & German, Oxford University, MA. Post Graduate King’s College London.

My Languages

English,French, German.

My Interests outside work

Consultancy is really quite all encompassing, but I enjoy the intensity of it as well as following politics and policy thinking. I also enjoy the social side of consultancy – I have made many good friends through my work in Brussels and beyond over the years and I enjoy spending time with them, reconnecting and having good parties!

My Favourite Brussels anecdote

Being Belgian by adoption, at a later stage of life, one of the  more touching moments  I have had in my career was being  welcomed into a meeting with the Belgian Government as a Belgian national.

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