Laurie is a Director at Ecorys UK, who leads our work in the area of children, young people and families. Laurie is a highly experienced consultant and evaluator, with a successful track record of leading high-profile evaluations for UK Government departments, including the DfE, DWP, DCLG, HM Treasury and Welsh Government. He also has an extensive a portfolio of research and consultancy for Children's Fund partnerships, the Connexions Service, Children's Workforce Development Council and third sector clients. Beyond his evaluation work, Laurie has provided technical assistance for numerous UK and EU funded programmes, including a role overseeing data analysis at Ecorys for the CAN Parent trials, and providing support and monitoring to pilot projects on the EQUAL and LEONARDO ESF funded programmes. Over the past six years, Laurie has played a major role in developing our work at Ecorys UK for the Big Lottery fund, having directed the Improving Futures, Children’s Play, Reaching Communities and Improving Financial Confidence programmes, and he led a number of scoping research studies for Big Lottery Fund including a study on support and services for ADHD and ASD, and a Mental Health and Young People Scoping Study. Many of these contracts have included a significant learning and dissemination element, designed to reach Big Lottery Fund’s target audiences through high quality reports, publications, events and online dissemination. Laurie has also led on the learning work-stream for the Families First Evaluation, where he has helped the Welsh Government to establish a programme of learning for the 22 Welsh LAs. Laurie brings a sound knowledge of local governance models for children and families. This experience comes from working at a national level, including a current lead role on the National Evaluation of the Troubled Families Programme (DCLG, 2013-15), and by working directly for Local Authorities and VCOs. Laurie oversaw the evaluation of the 0-7 pathfinder in Sunderland, and assisted Birmingham City Council with evaluating their Community-Based Budgets Pathfinder for Families with Complex Needs.