Laura Timms

Key Consultants

Laura has worked at a senior level in Government, leading and delivering highly complex and technical change programmes. She brings psychologically informed approaches with systematic and cultural factors that underlie effective strategy implementation.

Sector and Service Expertise

Laura has expert knowledge of central government at a ministerial level including criminal justice, policing, employment and social security. She has worked on public policy aspects of healthcare and education. Laura supports Skarbek’s Transformation Change and Capability Building services.

Strengths and Career Achievements

Laura spent much of her career working for the British Civil Service where, for several years, she was a Ministerial Private Secretary (Chief of Staff), a role which necessitates an ability to see the big picture, identify its nuances, maintain mastery of technical detail and to prioritise unflinchingly. Laura has also spent time seconded to the British Royal Household as a Project Director, to lead a charitable initiative to increase leadership capability within the voluntary sector.

Laura offers a distinctive and powerful combination of professional skills. She is a qualified psychotherapist and her psychological expertise extends to key areas in organisational psychology, and is balanced with practical experience in senior strategic management and advisory roles, designing and leading change programmes within highly complex systems and organisational cultures. She provides a truly multi-disciplinary outlook and skill-set.

Laura has a BA Hons in English and an MPhil in American Literature from Cambridge University, as well as an MA with distinction in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of East London. She is a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

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