Sarah is also the President-Elect of INWES (the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists) and on the board of the new regional branch INWES-Europe. She is also a Fellow of the RSA, a member of the Institute of Innovation & Knowledge Exchange and of the Institution of Engineering & Technology.
Her background is mathematics: a degree from University College London (UCL) followed by an MSc, and much more recently a PGCE in secondary maths. Her PhD is in mechanical engineering from UCL, where as a lecturer she also engaged in international technology transfer. As part of major European projects, she led development of reliability- and AI-based decision support systems for planning maintenance of offshore structures. Sarah has 15 years of teaching experience at higher and further education levels with associated outreach, and is currently an advisor/director at the Institute of Innovation & Knowledge Exchange supporting vocational STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) education and a lead on the STEM Assured accreditation scheme. She lives in Cumbria and there she recently led a proposal for an industry and energy festival using STEAM (STEM + the arts) to engage and highlight Cumbria’s global contribution to energy. She is on the Board of Governors of Carlisle College of Further Education. Her current focus is on innovation skills for engineers and technologists.