Lauren Philips obtained her BSc (Hons) degree in Dietetics (2007), as well as her Masters in Nutrition degree (2015), both from the University of Stellenbosch. After practising in the nutrition field for several years, gaining valuable experience in the public, private and NGO sectors, she took up a position as a lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch, in 2012. It was here where her love of research began, as her passion for high quality research was strengthened by participating in various research projects in the faculty, ranging from pure clinical studies to public health knowledge building. Her relationship with TASK began during the data collection phase of her post-graduate studies, and she was formally appointed as a Quality Assurance Manager at TASK in 2017. Lauren is currently involved in the development and implementation of quality systems across TASK (quality management plans/systems, assistance to sites with audit readiness, etc.) and is also an accredited GCP trainer.