Laura Sandys

Last updated:
19 September 2017
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Deputy Chair of the FSA Board

Laura Sandys runs a consultancy firm, Challenging Ideas, advising on new business models and innovative public policy solutions across the energy, food and resources sectors. She is currently running the 21st Century Energy Regulatory Commission with Imperial College and the Energy Systems Catapult.

Laura Sandys works in a voluntary capacity as founder and chair of The Food Foundation, a food policy think tank. She is also an advisory board member of the Carbon Capture and Storage Group at Imperial College, co-founder of POWERful Women, a Visiting Senior Fellow at Kings College and a Fellow of the Energy Institute.

She was previously a Member of Parliament for South Thanet and was a member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Energy and Climate Change. In addition, she worked on a wide range of issues relating to consumer rights, food crime, food security, energy security and resource productivity.

Before politics, she founded and ran two companies in marketing, communications and public affairs; advised the Georgian Government regarding the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline; and worked for the consumer organisation Which?. She was also a Trustee of Open University and chair of

Laura Sandys did a Masters at Cambridge in International Relations specialising in the Iraq Invasion.  She has contributed articles to The Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph and Utility Week, and regularly appeared on the BBC and Sky. 

Paid employment, office or profession

Self employed consultant trading as Challenging Ideas - I offer consultancy services primarily in the energy sector advising clients on new business models, changing regulation and innovations.

I run a programme with Imperial College and the Energy Systems Catapult examining the future of regulation.

My husband Dr Randoph Kent is a Visiting Professor at Kings College London and Futures Director at the Royal United Services Institute.  He is an academic focusing on futures, leadership in Africa and Humanitarianism.

Directorships, whether paid or not

Challenging Ideas, Director
Food Foundation, Director and Chair (unremunerated)
Urban Farms Ltd, Director (not trading, unremunerated)
Powerful Women, Director (unremunerated)

Membership of public bodies, trusteeship of a charity or other public or private trust, or membership, role or affiliation to clubs or organisations

BEIS Cost of Energy Review, Advisory Member
Carbon Tracker, Advisory Board Member
Global Future, Advisory Board Member
Carbon Capture Advisory Board Imperial College, Member
Kings College, Senior Visiting Fellow
Energy Institute, Fellow.

All of the above positions are unpaid.

Any shareholdings other than those held by a unit trust or similar arrangements where the Board member has no influence on the management of the shares

I own no shares.

My husband has a share portfolio in the USA that is managed and we make no decisions regarding the portfolio.