Layth has a PHD in molecular biology from Trinity College Dublin in 1989. Layth then worked for Accenture's Public Sector Practice for 9 years leading a number of large and complex change management projects with major UK Government Departments. In 1998 he was then involved in setting up and managing the UK's first public/private urban regeneration company in Liverpool, charged with spearheading the transformation of the City's social and economic fortunes. Layth later worked with ASI as the team leader for the centre of government work in Iraq. More recently he has been managing and growing a highly successful group of international communication companies. His key skill sets are in Strategic Change Management in large, complex environments, public sector reform and Urban Regeneration.