Laurence started his career with Nat West. As a branch manager in Exeter he was initially involved in education, becoming a Governor of one of the local primary schools. He realised then that some of his leadership and management skills could be of benefit in education. Following a move to Bristol as an Area Manager with the bank he the spent a year as Regional Compliance Manager for the Legal Services Commission before working as part of a Department for Education pilot as a Business Manager supporting three city Primary Schools. Three years later he worked in a similar role for a large secondary school on the outskirts of Bristol before returning to Devon in 2010 having been successfully appointed as Vice Principal, Corporate Services at South Devon College. He worked closely with Project Steering Group and Kate Davis-Wills during the pre-opening phase of the Devon Studio School and is delighted to continue to support Kate and the school as a Governor. Laurence lives in Brixham and is married with three secondary school aged children.