Laura Kent

Public Affairs and Policy Advisor

Dr Laura Kent joined the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in June 2022 as a Public Affairs and Policy Advisor. She works with the Engineering Policy team and IMechE’s expert member groups to develop policy positions for the Institution and help shape the debate across the field of engineering policy.

Prior to joining the IMechE, Laura held roles at the Government Office for Science and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy working on policies and advice to support innovation in the UK. Before starting a career in policy, Laura was a scientist at the National Physical Laboratory working on electronic reliability studies with a particular focus on coatings and harsh environments.

Laura has a PhD in Material Chemistry and a MChem in Chemistry from the University of Surrey. During her PhD, Laura started a social enterprise supporting primary school teachers access and execute engaging science activities to inspire the next generation of scientists.