Laurie Goulding prayed enough to the Chaos Gods to ascend from fanboy to Black Library editor, and then pleased his dark gods enough to become the chief editor of the Horus Heresy novels (so the equivalent of a Daemon Prince). He is not beloved by the community; and though he's fucked up a lot, he's not as hated as some. Mostly because his name wasn't front and center on every thing he touched.
During to former his tenure as King of the Nerds, he saw some of the worst side of the fandom. He's publicly whinged about fans demanding that Games Workshop pay the emailer for compensation, because something in a Black Library book was similar to their made up chapter or something. Laurie's lack of experience in publishing betrays him here; that's part of the job, and not really worth bitching about. Laurie has written for Black Library, but it's forgettable stuff. Accusations of plagiarism aside, he's not known for his originality.
He is known for being sarcastic, abrasive, and egotistical towards fans. He even had his own forum. This is after he tried going on dakkadakka and Warseer and was called on his bullshit. However, even the veterans of those sites will acknowledge that there's a lot of toxicity and garbage on those sites.
The Ascended Fanboy
Once, Laurie Goulding was one of the most ardent of all 30k fanboys, back in the day when 30k was not even the ghost of a thing and was only in a forgotten card game by Sabretooth. His fandom was such that he created his own 30k fanwebsite called 'The Great Crusade', which he hosted. There the first 30k community was born, comprising those whose love of the Horus Heresy was such that they converted whole armies out of Greenstufed MK VII turned into MK IV and that one metal Mk II and III model GW did at the time. Goulding made a pain in the ass of himself until it paid off. He lucked into a job at Black Library as a continuity editor, despite failing the editorial tests during the interview. He got the job because he was able to point out several major goofs, including both Fulgrim and Magnus commanding the 28th Expeditionary Fleet at the same time.
Unfortunately, Goulding tends to embody and reaffirm a lot of the problems that people have with Games Workshop. While he does honestly try to have contact with fans, he doesn't seem to listen to what they have to say. Instead, preferring to say that the fans are foolish for interpreting a novel a certain way and say how good the novels have been and how they're getting even better. This is a problem, because it suggests that instead of seeing why fans are interpreting things incorrectly and looking to correct it in future novels, he just openly mocks people and keeps assuming he's doing it right (a true Deamon Prince of GW, indeed).
He has said that he does make changes when fans correctly guess twists, though. However, this also suggests that: a) having a twist was so important to him that he would rather change the plot so it's harder to guess (which may mean that the plot gets weakened), b) he honestly thinks that most 40k lore isn't very predictable (even most of the "twists" people see coming while reading the books) and c) that even if fans love some crazy theory that involves a twist it probably won't come true, soley on the basis that we already believed it (that and people will be demanding credit and money; see above).
The last big problem some have had with Goulding (aside from people's normal complaints) is his take on canon. Much like many people's complaints with an infamous Games Workshop employee, he has a bit of a these are my ideas and this is how it is take with the canon. While other authors and employees may allow wiggle room for your own ideas and theories to unfold, Laurie Goulding tends to have an idea in mind and for that idea to be the only one. This is fine with fan works who are interpreting cryptic or completely untold lore, but for someone official to say that your idea for your beloved chapter is completely wrong (probably followed by: and you should feel bad for it, if it's coming from Goulding) then it's a bit disheartening.
Luckily, he has since fucked off to the States to piss off fans of League of Legends instead.
He is not Sandy Mitchell, who has more talent in his foreskin than Laurie has in his entire body.