As Development Director at the Royal Academy of Engineering for 12 years, Sarah led a transformation of its fundraising activity and built strong relationships with companies, trusts and individual donors. Previously she spent nearly 20 years in global investment banking and was a director at HSBC Investment Bank.

Among her current roles, Sarah is a trustee of the Dolphin Square Foundation which creates affordable housing for working Londoners, and chair of Carefreebreaks, a new charity providing short holidays for unpaid carers in accommodation gifted by their owners. Sarah worked in a start-up charity, Computers for Youth, when she lived in New York and has also been a trustee of the Citizenship Foundation and a primary school governor. She has degrees from Durham University and London Business School.

Sarah has had a home in Dorset for more than 30 years and enjoys nothing more than roaming the Dorset coast and countryside. “The Jurassic Coast is simply amazing – offering everything from gorgeous views to rugged climbs to utter tranquility. It’s guaranteed to recharge my batteries! I am passionate about protecting this ever-changing coastline and ensuring it’s there for current and future generations to experience and enjoy”.

Sarah Philbrick