Head of Fraud, Error & Debt, Strategy, Policy, Change and Planning
Department for Work and Pensions (confirmed)
Laura took up her current role as Head of Fraud, Error & Debt, Strategy, Policy, Change and Planning in July 2017, her first post in DWP. She began her career as a research scientist, gaining PhD by sitting in a Faraday cage in a basement at Liverpool University for 3 years, after which she progressed to studying malaria parasites using fluorescence, mainly in the dark, at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. She emerged into the light of the Civil Service in the 1990s, training to be a tax inspector with what later became HMRC. Laura worked mainly in Direct Taxes, as a technical specialist and later as an investigator for serious fraud cases, before taking on various roles in Change Management, Operational Management and Intelligence, and taking a career break along the way when her children were young. She was awarded an OBE in 2012 for her work on the Offshore Campaign, an initiative by HMRC to encourage voluntary disclosures from UK nationals with undeclared accounts outside the UK. She moved to the Policy profession in 2015, as Head of Alcohol and Tobacco Policy and Strategy, also enrolling at the London School of Economics as one of the first cohort of Policy Profession students to do the Executive Masters degree in Public Policy, a joint venture between LSE and the Civil Service Policy Profession. Laura graduated from the programme in July 17 joining DWP the same month. Laura started life in Surrey and has moved pretty regularly since, but is currently settled in West Yorkshire. She has 4 sons, all young adults, all twins, and all either working or studying around the UK. At the weekends she is most likely to be found in a boat, as an active member of Bradford Amateur Rowing club, or walking in the Dales with various walking groups.