After training as a chartered accountant with Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co (now KPMG) in London, Laura worked for the Oxford Regional Health Authority and then began teaching students for professional accountancy examinations at several local colleges. She joined Brookes in 1986 and undertook a variety of roles, including head of the accounting department for twelve years. In 2003 she became Professor of Corporate Governance.
Laura retains close links with the accountancy profession. Since 2004 she has been Research Relationships Adviser to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), bridging the gap between theory and practice by assisting technical staff to establish links with accounting academics and to use accounting research in their work. She is also a member of the ICAEW Research Advisory Board.
Laura was a founder member of the British Accounting Association Corporate Governance Special Interest Group. She is a former joint editor of the Journal of Applied Accounting Research and remains on the editorial board. From 2006 to 2014 she was a member of ESRC Peer Review College.
Laura's contribution to the academic accounting community was recognised in 2012 by a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Accounting and Finance Association. She was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor on her retirement in 2014.