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 OpenDemocracy.net.
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.