THE ATHENA PROGRAMME CONTINUES TO...
As The Athena Programme goes from strength
As Managing Director and the founder of the company Sarah an inspiring vision and commitment that drives the business and the safeguarding agenda reaching far and wide on the world map. She has had a fascinating career and her experience has taken her into a cross section of sectors including the voluntary, private and public organisations. During her remarkable international career before and during her time as Athena’s leader she has extensive knowledge and skill s in quality assurance, safeguarding reviews, governance, strategic analysis, organisational improvement for safer cultures, training needs, development days and impact evaluation.
She recently completed her PhD, graduating from Lancaster University. Her thesis title is ‘Creative art based technologies for inter-agency working together for safeguarding children and young people’. Proudly funded by The Economic and Social Research Council and is part of the North West Doctoral Training Centre. In addition she has a Masters degree in Arts-Health, Social Work Degree and Diploma and has undertaken extensive training far too long to list!
Sarah is a tireless innovator for excellence in safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults. Examples of past work include strategic planning and training for Local Safeguarding Children’s Board’s; Leonard Cheshire Disability; HCPT (international); Community Integrated Care; St Vincent De Paul Society; Midland Heart; Lancashire County Council; Knowsley Safeguarding Children Board; Ribble Valley Homes.
Outcome driven and solution focussed, Sarah’s motivation is for the services provided by the company to inspire people to have a sense of ownership for safeguarding. Her purpose and driving force is to create safeguarding products which will cause a seed to be sown to create a deep sense of caring. Continually progressive Sarah was instrumental in bringing the techniques of Socio-Drama and Action Methods to safeguarding training. A pioneer for the use of the creative arts, Sarah’s passion and reputation for making learning exciting and fun is widely recognised in this arena and beyond.
Mindfulness and meditation is part of Sarah’s daily life and the way in which she reaches out to others. Her ability to communicate with people on all levels is intuitive, compassionate and caring. She is loyal and passionate person who is highly experienced and knowledgeable and enthusiastic expert in the field. Being an all or nothing person and gives any project her all finding balance, movement in stillness and also some quality time for herself by visiting the famous Buddhist Monastery Sammy ling in Scotland. She love’s running, sewing, art, dancing and of course shoes, bags and shopping.
Not forgetting she is also a mum, friend, daughter, sister, aunty, partner, a student, Ambassador for Target Ovarian Cancer and a fundraiser for Tic Toc (a community group set up by my her mum before she passed away).