Known in most circles as “Laura” or “Czajkowski,” some very small circles call me “Cztab.” Whilst I was born in the UK, I was raised in Ireland and, due in part to the Irish recession, moved back to the UK in 2010. I’ve lived in London and Guildford, but finally settled in the small town of Godalming. I married in April 2016 and am now known as “Laura Fautley.”
I currently work for Couchbase as their Developer Community Manager overseeing the community, our incentive programs, Experts and Champions group, meetups, and defining our presence at corporate events. I’m also responsible for our monthly developer newsletter and engaging with our community in various forms.
Laura has been active in Open Source communities since 2000 and has been involved in various activities, including leading and organising conferences on software testing, documentation, and advocacy. She has also served 4 years on the Ubuntu LoCo Council, 9 years on the Community Council, and remains active in the Ubuntu community online and through their LoCo teams.
Laura is an Open Source advocate and regular conference speaker who is passionate about getting people – everyone from primary school students to technology professionals – involved in Open Source communities both on IRC and in face-to-face discussions.
When I’m not flying the flag of Open Source, my second love is rugby. Hailing from Munster, I’m a proud rugby fan and follow my team wherever possible. I love to travel and experience new cultures and sights. Places I’d love to visit include New Zealand, Hawaii, and South Africa, or anywhere else sunny and warm!
In my spare time, I like to walk and take photographs. While I’m no professional, I enjoy taking snaps of the places I’ve been. I keep hens, which is a little out of the ordinary, but it’s rewarding to collect fresh eggs daily. I also have a very cute Pug named “Bash,” who you can meet if you follow me on Twitter or G+.