Laura Sandys CBE

Non-Executive Director

Laura is a policy and business advisor specialising in the energy, food and resources sectors. She is also a former Conservative Member of Parliament for South Thanet. She is a Non-Executive Director at the Catapult.


Meet Laura Sandys, CBE

Laura is currently a Senior Independent Director at SGN Ltd; Chair of the Government’s Energy Data Taskforce; Chair of the Food Foundation; and Co-Chair of the IPPR Environment and Justice Commission. She runs the Reshaping Regulation Programme with Imperial College and Energy Systems Catapult and was a member of Government’s Cost of Energy Review chaired by Prof Dieter Helm.

Laura has been appointed a member of the Government’s CCUS Council and is a Member of Imperial College’s Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage Advisory Group.

She is an advocate of the low carbon economy, promoter of increasing demand reduction policies and innovator in food systems policies.

Working with the Catapult on the Energy Data Taskforce, Laura is involved in identifying new technological opportunities and learning from small companies with new ideas.

Laura is a former chair of the European Movement UK and former Conservative Party politician who served as the Member of Parliament for South Thanet between 2010 and 2015. Before Parliament, Laura founded and sold two companies advising energy and regulated businesses. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to UK energy policy as chair of the Energy Data Taskforce.

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Energy Systems Catapult’s board and senior leadership team brings together a wealth of experience from a whole energy system perspective, with commercial, technical and policy expertise from across industry, academia and government.

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