Laura James

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Laura is the Programme Manager for the Data Lab element of the Infuse Programme in Y Lab.

Her work focuses on supporting local authorities across the Cardiff Capital Region to make better use of data in their work in two priority areas; accelerating decarbonisation and building supportive communities.

Prior to joining Nesta, she worked as Consultation and Engagement Manager for a local authority in London, where she led on the overall approach to consulting and involving residents in Council decision-making and headed up a community involvement programme working with Council housing tenants and leaseholders. She has also worked in pay and employment research for public and private sector organisations, where her work focused on low pay and experimenting with innovative ways of tackling entrenched skills gaps.

Outside of work, she likes to cook for family and friends and spends a lot of her spare time on long walks in the countryside.