• Has an outstanding record as an athlete and sports scientist and performance enhancer, whose many distinguished athletics achievements  include participation in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, where she finished 14th in the marathon – an event where she also held the British record.
  • Sarah was an appointed Director of UK:Athletics between 2012 and 2020, including a period as Chair in 2019. While on the Board she chaired the Performance Oversight Committee and was a member of the Remuneration and HR Committee. During this time she also served on the Board of London Marathon Events, which organises the London Marathon portfolio of events. Between 2006 and 2014 she was heavily involved in the establishment and management of British Weightlifting’s performance arm. She sat on the BWL Board where she was involved in restructuring and related developments to ensure that the organisation fully met the UK Sport governance requirements of the time.
  • At an international level Sarah served as a member of the IAAF (now WA) Road Running Commission and is currently an elected member of the World Mountain Running Association Council (its highest governing body) where she leads on coach development.
  • Sarah has over 20 years’ experience of developing and delivering applied non-technical skills programmes for practitioners and coaches, including the UK Sport/EIS Practitioner Development Programme – which accelerated the development of identified young practitioners, many of whom now hold leadership positions within the industry – and, more recently, the UK Sport Tokyo 1st programme. She also co-authored the book ‘Achieving Excellence in High Performance Sport’ which was published in July 2012 by Bloomsbury.
  • She provides mentoring and performance support to senior executive staff, Performance Directors, team and individual coaches in both Olympic/Paralympic and professional sports, many of whom have coached medal-winning athletes. She regularly mentors individuals on UK Sport programmes such as Elite Coach, Future Leaders, and Elite Coach Apprentice Programme, as well as providing bespoke one-to-one support on request.
  • As a consultant, key pieces of work which Sarah has undertaken include:
    • Working with British Surfing and Goalball UK to develop their UK Sport Paris 2024 cycle funding submissions
    • A review of TASS’s remit and functions, making recommendations to ensure the programme is fit for purpose to support talented young English athletes prior to their joining the WCP
    • Providing advisory and governance support on behalf of UK Sport to the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association
    • Annual quality assurance reviews of the Vitality Netball Superleague clubs
    • Providing technical support and expertise to the Sport England Talent team, including around the development of athlete/coach curricula, including working closely with English Basketball to develop their new player pathway offer
    • Providing technical support to UK Sport to support unfunded sports develop their funding applications for the Tokyo cycle
    • Undertaking reviews for British Triathlon and British Fencing around their coaching pathways, and supporting Archery GB to develop their new organisational strategy
  • Sarah served as National Technical Consultant to the English Institute of Sport from October 2001 to March 2006, where she worked with the national management team, providing technical (science and medicine) and strategic advice, policy development and implementation in respect of the service/support programmes on offer to Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
  • Prior to joining Wharton Consulting Sarah was employed by the National Coaching Foundation to run the UK Sports Science Education and Sports Science Support Programmes. She was the editor of their coaching publication between 1989 and 2008.
  • She also served as a World Class Adviser to Sport England and UK Sport, and worked on the monitoring and evaluation of a number of Olympic / performance programmes.

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