We’re back with more Cabinet Office Conversations this year!

To start off, join us as our Director, Prof Kezia Dugdale, sits down with Dr Laura Gilbert, CBE, Chief Analyst and Director of Data Science at 10 Downing Street.

Tuesday 6 February, 1300 – 1400, GUU Debates Chamber

Laura will discuss her career and experiences of working in data and analysis. She’ll also share insight into:

  • her current role at No. 10 in which her team provides modelling and analysis to support policy making and delivery
  • her work as SRO for the AI for Public Good program
  • her broader transformation program to embed the better use of evidence, data and technology in government decision making

This will be a unique opportunity to put your questions to Laura about her career and discover the role of data science in central government. Be sure to stick around to network and enjoy tea, coffee and cakes after the event.

This event series provides students with an exclusive opportunity to engage with senior members of the UK Governments Civil Service.



Dr Laura Gilbert is Director of 10DS, the Data science & Analytics team in Downing Street, and joint Chief Analyst for the Cabinet Office. Her team provides fast-paced modelling and analysis to support policy making and delivery and runs a broader radical transformation agenda promoting the better use of evidence, data and technology in government decision making.

She’s the Senior Responsible Officer for the AI for Public Good program in the Cabinet Office, spinning up a new team for automation and improvement of critical services (i.AI). She’s also currently running a broader program of digital innovation in central government including rolling out close-to-free infrastructure for data sharing to speed up modernisation (Project rAPId). Her Evidence House program has built a network of 850 volunteers to deliver a combination of radial upskilling and home-grown AI solutions into public services, delivering nearly 15,000 hours of free technical training to civil servants last year.

Laura has a doctorate in Particle Physics and GRID computing from the University of Oxford and undergraduate degrees in natural sciences from Cambridge. She held lectureships and a post-doctoral research position at Oxford and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Analytics. She also currently holds a three-year post as an Associate Professor in Practice at LSE.

Laura spent three years as a quantitative analyst in the financial sector, working in modelling, analysis and artificial intelligence before joining a new medical technologies company as a director. She spent the next decade working as a hands-on CTO, bringing the company from start up to SME to acquisition, and has significant experience in software development, wearable technology, systems architecture, data integration and system/data security. She’s fluent in seven programming languages and named on four patents, including lead inventor on two data security patents.

As part of her medical technologies work, she performed scientific consultancy completing diverse projects including creating an algorithm to detect heart beats via electromagnetic signals passing through clothing for medical evacuation; another algorithm to detect heart rhythm anomalies in close to real time through a patient’s thumbs; providing analytic tools to biologists trying to disrupt the cell cycle of the malaria parasite; providing predictive algorithms based around measuring biomechanics and mental health measures to predict when a soldier in training was likely to become seriously injured in the near future, and predicting the behaviour of groups of snipers. She recently built the data collection and API for a pro-bono clinical trial in doxycycline-based treatment for COVID.

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