Laura leads the RSA’s work with external partners to deliver the organisation’s research and programmes. This currently includes the Citizens’ Economic Council programme, which gives citizens a say on the future of the UK economy, focusing especially on those who usually do not have a voice in decision-making such as young people under the voting age. Laura is also a governor of a consortium of three Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) in Islington serving pupils from the age of five to sixteen have been excluded mainstream schools or have medical needs that prevent them from accessing mainstream education. She formerly worked at the Prince’s Trust and for national education charity Future First where she was UK Operations Director and launched their global sister charity, Future First Global. Laura started out her career delivering workshops in inner-city schools to inform and inspire young people about their future career options. She specialises in school engagement and UK education policy, and will speak about the RSA’s approach to public engagement and participation in economic decision-making.