Laura Sandys CBE

Laura Sandys CBE

Chief executive, Challenging Ideas

She is a Senior Independent Director at SGN Network and the Energy Systems Catapult.  She is Chair of the Northern Ireland Expert Panel on Energy Transition and was Chair of the BEIS/Ofgem Energy System Data Taskforce.  She was a member of the Advisory Panel for the Government’s Cost of Energy Review, and is on the Council for Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage. 

She is founder of the Food Foundation and co-founder of POWERful Women and former Deputy Chair of the Food Standards Agency.  

She was previously a Member of Parliament for South Thanet, and described by The Times as ‘one of the sanest of all MPs’ and as ‘lateral-minded, original and free-thinking’.