Sarah has lived in Henley all her life. She went to Rupert House and Harpsden Parochial school and then to Gillotts. After which she studied in Henley and London.
Her own children attend a local primary school and her brother runs one of Henley’s busiest pubs.
After college, Sarah worked in the PR department of a local technical advertising agency. She then moved to London where she worked in a PR agency in Fleet Street.
On her return to Henley in the mid-’90s, Sarah set up Voices Ltd promoting local musicians and bands from offices in Bell Street,
Sarah then moved into publishing and events management. She has spent over 20 years working in the publishing industry for an international multi-media publishing house. During this time she worked on the very successful Admap magazine; managing the Advertising Sales Team followed by over 10+ years producing, marketing and managing advertising, marketing and research conferences in the UK and abroad.
Sarah now project manages and produces events for the Royal Institute of Architects (RIBA). It was here that she launched the Henley Design Day in 2013, a new annual event in the RIBA calendar. The essence of the Day is to match Henley architects and designers with local business opportunities.
This event ignited Sarah’s ongoing interest in supporting all businesses and promoting Henley as a commercial hub.
In 2017 Sarah initiated the return of the May Fayre back to the Market Place where it originally took place. The aim was to enable local businesses in the town to both participate in and benefit from the Fayre. It has proved to be a winning decision with nearly all the restaurants and coffee shops full to capacity.
The same year, Sarah launched the Henley Refill Campaign. Its aim is to prevent plastic pollution at source by making it easier to refill a reusable water bottle on the go rather than buying multiple single-use disposable plastic bottles. To date, this campaign has garnered the support of many local businesses who are all actively supporting the Henley Refill Campaign by offering their premises as refill stations.
Henley runs through Sarah’s veins. She is passionate about the town and actively supports all the wonderful festivals and local events that take place.
As a lifelong Henley resident, Sarah is committed to ensuring that Henley remains a safe and vibrant place for everybody, with a flourishing retail and business community.
She is particularly keen to encourage and support Henley’s independent businesses because their success is the lifeblood of the town’s economic future.