Laura Baynton

Head of the What Works Team at Cabinet Office

Head of the What Works Team, Cabinet Office
Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Laura Baynton is Head of the What Works team in the Cabinet Office. She leads the ‘What Works’ initiative, which is all about getting local and national decision-makers to generate, transmit and adopt robust evidence to inform better public spending decisions; she also supports the network of seven independent ‘What Works’ Centres, including NICE, the Centre for Crime Reduction, the Early Intervention Foundation and the Education Endowment Fund.

Previously, Laura worked for seven years at the Youth Justice Board, for the last two years as Head of Strategy, where she led projects and commissioned research on resettlement, tackling young people’s barriers to employment, and payment by results models, and was part of an advising team to No.10 Downing Street on youth justice and looked-after children. Laura has also worked at the UN and the Treasury, and is currently a Trustee for Settle, a social enterprise supporting young homeless people. She holds a first class degree in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge.