Sarah’s current main work is in developing a world first festival of energy and climate change, EnergyUnearthed, hghlighting Cumbria's unique place and role in energy. Her role there is as Director of Education & Industry, and she focusses on the festival as the public engagement element of a STEAM (STEM + the arts) education programme. Sarah also has a role with the STEM Foundation (part of NEF: The Innovation Institute) carrying out accreditation work for STEM Assured.
Sarah is a Mathematics graduate from University College London (UCL), with a Masters from Kings College London and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UCL, where as an academic she worked in national and international technology transfer and as part of major research teams, she led the development of novel decision-support processes for intelligent planning and scheduling of inspection and maintenance of offshore structures for the offshore oil and gas industry. Sarah has a combined experience of higher education and further education (FE), gained at University College London and Carlisle College, teaching artificial intelligence and mathematics to engineering students, recently followed by a very short stint in secondary school maths teaching. For the past ten years, she has worked in quality assurance, and initiated one of the first online quality management systems for the social care sector, as well as heading the development of the NEF standard STEM Assured for the FE sector.
Her personal interests include, of course, supporting women in STEM and she has been active for many years with WES. She now lives in Cumbria in a house and garden that takes up as much time as her son. Sarah is a bilingual native speaker of English and Spanish.