Laura Davis appointed as new BASE Chief Executive

We are delighted, and excited, to announce that Laura Davis has been appointed as the incoming Chief Executive of BASE following a highly competitive recruitment process. Laura will be well known to our members as she chaired BASE between 2016 and 2018. It is expected that Laura will start her role in April, allowing time for a planned handover with the outgoing Chief Executive, Huw Davies.

Laura has extensive experience of the Supported Employment sector, managing Ways into Work from 2005 and taking it out of the local authority as a community interest company in 2015. Leading the new organisation as Managing Director, Laura won a number of new contracts to rapidly expand the service. In 2018, Laura left to take up a new role as Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Outgoing Chief Executive Huw Davies, commented, “I’m thrilled that Laura has been appointed to take forward the vital work of BASE. She has exactly the experience, skills and passion that we were looking for and she will be a real asset in taking forward our work. I’m looking forward to working closely with Laura to ensure continuity in the work of the association and I’m sure Laura will quickly make her mark in taking our work forward to a new level.

BASE Chair, Julia Green, said “I am so looking forward to working with Laura in exploring the next chapter for BASE as she is going to be such a huge asset to our organisation. This is a really exciting time for BASE. There is much to be done to improve access to specialist employment support and to ensure the continuing professionalisation of the Supported Employment sector. Laura brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role and we have every confidence in the future of BASE under her leadership.

Laura told us, “I am so honoured to be given the opportunity to lead BASE. There are huge shoes to fill but I know that, by working in partnership, we can continue to take giant steps. I look forward to connecting with as many of you as possible once I start in April.