Laura Sandys

A Business Entrepreneur and Policy Innovator who uses ideas to build commercial value and shape new thinking.

She is a leading advocate of building a more productive and efficient economy, a promoter of greater demand production policies placing consumers at the heart of markets, and an innovator in food policy.

Laura brings an unique set of thinking, networks and skills harnessing innovation from the commercial, public policy and academic worlds to deliver new solutions to business and organisational problems.

“Incumbent thinking needs to be challenged to deliver new strong business and organisational solutions driven by innovation in products and services.”

Laura Sandys - Challenging Ideas



Business & Policy Areas

Energy | Laura Sandys


  • Electricity Market Reform
  • New Supply Products
  • Demand Side Response
  • Energy Security
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Demand Reduction
  • Renewables
  • Pipeline Policy
Food - Laura Sandys


  • Food Foundation
  • Food Security
  • Food Supply Chains
  • Food Affordability
  • Food Crime
  • ‘Ugly’ Food
Laura Sandys - Resources


  • Resource Security
  • Waste
  • Resource Productivity
  • ReMade in Britain

Current Roles

Chair Government Energy Systems Data & Digitalisation Taskforce

Non-Executive Director Energy Systems Catapult

Independent Board Director, SGN Networks

Non-Executive Director, Highview Power

Member of the BEIS’s Council for Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage

Chief Executive, Challenging Ideas

Chair British Standards Institute Net Zero Advisory Group

Voluntary Roles

The Food Foundation

Chair, The Food Foundation

Think tank examining the food system.

Fellow Energy Institute

Imperial College London - Laura Sandys

Imperial College Carbon Capture & Storage Advisory Group

The largest research programme of its kind in the United Kingdom.
POWERful WOMEN - Laura Sandys

Co-Founder of POWERful Women

An organisation promoting women’s roles across the Energy sector.
Laura Sandys, Carbon Tracker

Advisory Group Member, Carbon Tracker

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Challenging Ideas | Laura Sandys