Sarah has worked with people with learning disabilities and their families since the mid 80s when she began supporting people to move out of long stay institutions back to their homes. Sarah began work as a supporter and then manager of services set up by the Tizard’s Special Development. This sparked her interest in teaching and staff training and she spent the next 7 years working as a trainer with a particular interest in taking training into the workplace.
Sarah completed her MA in Applied Psychology of Learning Disability Services and began work at Choice Support, formerly Southwark Consortium. She has been part of its growth from a single borough organisation in South East London to a National provider. During this time Sarah worked as an operational manager and more recently in development and quality assurance.
A thread running through her work has always been finding new ways to support people to take control of their lives. Sarah is an advocate of partnership working with people with disabilities their families; other organisations and more recently with regulators. These relationships have challenged her thinking and lead to a range of new initiatives around safeguarding; helping people connect with their communities and making sure people with disabilities are part of the leadership and quality process within support providers.
Sarah took up the role of Managing Director at Choice Support in 2016 where she continued to support people with disabilities take more control of their lives. In November 2017 Sarah took up her new role as Chief Executive of Choice Support following the merger of Choice Support and mcch. She is Chair of Learning Disability England and a Trustee on the Association of Mental Health Providers.