I’m Lauren Bates – a communications consultant, trustee and passionate advocate for ethical products and services. For more than 10 years I’ve  helped charities and ethical business to stand out from the crowd. I specialise in communications, CSR and campaigns that inform, empower and engage your audiences.

I’ve also worked with leading beauty retailers to help them integrate ethical product certification programmes into their CSR policy and process.

Theodore Roosevelt once said “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” I couldn’t agree more.

And, I’m also the proud owner of Frock & Stole Vintage, the first online vintage dress boutique anywhere in the world to be certified ‘fur free’ by the BornFree USA Fur Free Retailer Program (but that’s a whole other site!).

I once drove coast to coast in the US with my best friend and her dog – but that’s a whole other story!

Communications for ethical business and charity

I have managed successful traditional and digital comms campaigns for non-profits and companies that want to develop partnerships with charities, I’ve also advised some of the UK’s leading beauty retailers on CSR and ethical policy development.

My clients say they value my creativity, passion and honesty, and I only work with people who share my vision about making a difference in the world through designing and delivering great products and services. They also know that I deliver – whether I am managing a one-off project or event, or developing a long-term communications strategy.

For more information about how I can support your communications work, please take a look at the Communications Advice section.

Finding great comms talent

As a former account director and consultant to three of the leading charity recruitment consultancies, I managed numerous high-profile talent-search campaigns in addition to conducting confidential head-hunting research. I helped some of the UK’s leading charities (including The RSPCA, Action for Children, Anya17 and The British Lung Foundation) to find great communications and digital talent for their in-house teams.

The Your Career section is the place to go if you need expert additional support to find digital and comms talent for your team, or some tips on personal branding to develop your career.

My blog

My blog section is all about charity and ethical business.  And look out for guest posts and interviews with some fascinating people doing great things.

Achievements I’m proud of:

  • Nominated for ‘Mentoring Works Awards’ 2010
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Trustee, Cruelty Free International Trust (to 2016)
  • Former Trustee for the Dacorum Volunteer Bureau and Chair, Millennium Volunteer Programme


Please take a look around and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’re ready to take your communications and campaigns to the next level.

“I have known Lauren for several years. She is not only really easy to work with, simply because she is a very genuine and reliable person, but she also has a deep understanding of marketing and fundraising in the not for profit sector and developing recruitment strategies for charities and candidates alike.” Catherine Cottrell – Former Group Head of Fundraising, RSPCA