Laura Davis starts role as BASE CEO

We're delighted to share that Laura Davis has this week, started her role as the new Chief Executive of the British Association of Supported Employment. Laura will be well known to our members as she acted as chair of BASE between 2016 and 2018.  She has extensive experience of the Supported Employment sector, having managed Ways into Work from 2005 and taking it out of the local authority as a community interest company in 2015. Whilst  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. Laura will be working in tandem for a short time with the retiring Chief Executive, Huw Davies to allow for a smooth handover of the association.

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.

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.