Lorel Thomas has been a member of SafeGround (formerly the Australian Network to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions) since 1999. She was the newsletter editor from 1999–2010 and also held the role of National Secretary from 2008–2010. She was the National Coordinator from February 2010 to October 2015. In all of these roles Lorel has been involved in research and documentation on a wide range of issues. She was a co-editor of the publications ‘In Search of Safe Ground-Cluster Bombs and ERW in Eastern Cambodia’ and -Explosive Remnants of War in the Solomon Islands.
Before joining ICBL-AN ( now SafeGround) in 1999 Lorel worked as a teacher. During her long career she had many occasions to research material and was also instrumental in teaching advanced research techniques to students.