Laura is passionate about helping those in the transport and logistics sector have clear strategy and policy, that anticipates and responds to an ever changing legal and political context. She enjoys a blank sheet of paper and a knotty problem!
Before joining Vectura Advisory, she held policy roles at the Rail Delivery Group and at Network Rail, leading on International and European policy. During this time, she worked on the development of the EU 4th Rail Package, successfully lobbied for changes to European legislation, won over £75m in European funding for rail infrastructure projects, and led the UK industry through the Brexit process and its implications. She also represented the rail sector on international trade missions, including to Argentina, New Zealand and Australia.
As part of the Williams Rail Review, Laura used her in depth knowledge of regulation, market opening, international policy and EU legislation to deliver the industry’s international benchmarking reports and provided detailed research and proposals on open access operations.
Following Brexit, Laura joined AECOM working with domestic and international clients developing policy and strategy on sustainability, rail freight and rail supply chain investments.
After obtaining a Law degree at the London School of Economics, Laura initially worked in Westminster for an MP and was elected as London’s youngest female Councillor, holding a cabinet position supporting the Health, Adults and Older People portfolio. She subsequently joined the rail sector working on major projects including as Thameslink, Reading Station redevelopment and Crossrail, focusing on regulatory change notices and managing multi-million pound commercial negotiations.
In her spare time Laura enjoys cold water wild swimming and following the ups and downs of Middlesbrough Football Club.