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About Lawrence

A successful entrepreneur and businessman, Lawrence is a senior director of a family-owned business portfolio that spans several sectors, ranging from skills and apprenticeships to hospitality and manufacturing.

He is also a passionate community leader. He has been appointed to a number of notable leadership positions, including festival director of Birmingham Pride, leadership commissioner for the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), and board director of Birmingham Southside BID, a community regeneration initiative.

In recognition of his community activism, in March 2020 Lawrence was appointed to be a Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the region, John Crabtree OBE.


Lawrence is known foremost for his role as Managing Director of leading Birmingham-based skills and apprenticeships provider, GB Training.

Separate from his role with GB Training, Lawrence is also a senior director and major shareholder of other businesses within the family group that includes bar and entertainment venues, such as The Loft, The Nightingale Club and The Village Inn. He is also a major shareholder of bespoke kitchen and furniture manufacturer, James Mayor Furniture.


In addition to his business career, Lawrence is an active community leader and equalities campaigner. For more than a decade he has served as festival director of Birmingham Pride transforming it into the second largest pride festival in the country.

He is also a West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) leadership commissioner, which sees him promote equality and diversity within the WMCA area and a board member of Birmingham Southside BID, a business-led initiative aimed at improving the local trading environment. 

In March 2020 Lawrence was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands, a role that sees him support the Lord-Lieutenant in his duties as the Queen's regional representative.


Born and brought up in Birmingham, from an early age Lawrence demonstrated a keen interest in music. He passed his Grade 1 piano at age seven and went on to achieve his Grade 8 by the age of 15.

Further pursuing his talent for performance arts, he performed with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) on several occasions and performed in concerts across the country.

While still a keen enthusiast of music, Lawrence can often be found spending his weekends taking long walks in the country and enjoying meals with friends and family.

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