Laura McGaughey - Director of Finance, BBC Studios

Laura is Director of Finance for BBC Studios, and leads a team of finance professionals, based in London and Cardiff in supporting delivery of BBC Studios’ business and finance strategy, including financial planning and analysis, financial reporting and financial and decision support for all BBC Studios board business.  Prior to taking up her role as Director of Finance, she was Head of Finance/Deputy Finance Director in BBC Television, a role that covered both Commissioning and Production. In this position she became Head of finance for the Studios project, which was responsible for the set-up of BBC Studios, and for taking its business case through regulatory approval.

Prior to this, Laura held similar roles in other content areas of the BBC, including BBC Radio and BBC Online. She qualified with Ernst and Young as an ACA in 2002.

Laura reports both to the CFO of the BBC Group, and to Mark Linsey, the Director of BBC Studios and is a member of the BBC’s Finance leadership team and the BBC's wider Leadership Group.

Laura is also a non-executive director and Chair of Finance Committee of The West London Free School Multi-Academy Trust.  She joined the Board of the West London Free School MAT in September 2014, and took over as chair of its Finance and Operations Committee in January 2015.