Lawrie began her social work career as a trainee Social Worker in Airdrie, before going on to complete her social work training in Edinburgh. She has worked in both local authority and third sector settings, mainly with children and families.

Lawrie moved from the third sector, where she held a senior post developing and leading services for young people leaving care, into regulation with Edinburgh and Lothian Registration and Inspection Service, then the Care Commission, and more recently the Care Inspectorate.

Before retiring in 2017, Lawrie held the post of Strategic Lead (Scrutiny and Improvement Support), supporting reviews of a number of key areas around inspection, methodology, practice and policy.

Lawrie welcomes the opportunity to continue to support young people by joining the Board at Staf. She is also a member of the Finance and HR Sub Group.