Sarah‘s first 15 career years were leading her multi-award-winning international marketing and management consultancy. Then as managing director of an architectural team, she transformed it into a cutting-edge, BIM-led practice. As European Head of Marketing for a global environmental consultancy, achievements included creating a fully integrated planning and EIA service for the housing development sector.
At not-for-profit Sustainable Homes as Director of Strategic Sustainability & Partnerships, Sarah worked on a range of advocacy issues from fuel poverty and homelessness to affordability, retrofit and construction standards. As an independent Sustainability Consultant and working with the Construction Leadership Council, she had a particular interest in driving the offsite agenda, supporting LAs, HAs and private development teams with the transition to low-carbon, higher performance pre-manufactured housing.
Sarah maintains the lifetime benefits to society of better housing, need to be factored into the business case in terms of carbon reduction, affordability, reduced crime and strain on the NHS, better educational outcomes, improved biodiversity etc – all the ingredients of a better society in a resource-constrained world where resilience and alignment with the SDGs are now essential.
Sarah joined Turner & Townsend in July 2021 and is currently leading the Leadership & Development workstream for the Social Housing Retrofit Accelerator (SHRA) to help English local authorities lead successful bids to win a share of the £3.4bn earmarked for decarbonisation of social housing by 2030. Sarah is also regional lead for the Midlands and South-West for any local authorities wishing to engage for free tailored technical and bid support.