Laurence is a History don and came to Winchester in 2010 having completed his Ph.D. from the University of East Anglia, and time as lecturer in Modern British History. He has published a number of books and articles on British diplomacy and politics in the 19th century. In 2018, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Laurence is Head of a Div year group, coaches soccer and tennis, and also referees Winchester College football. He lives with his partner, Stacey, who is a Business Associate at the NFU Mutual, and his Bishon Frise, Raphael. In addition to his passion for the theatre, where he has written, directed and starred in many plays and musicals, he is also a very keen singer.