Sarah is the founder and CEO of ISE, a social enterprise which was established in June 2000 based in Birmingham. ISE is an intermediary organisation whose mission is to grow and develop the social enterprise sector using innovation and partnership to achieve its goals. Sarah has been an enthusiastic pioneer developing social enterprise places and peer to peer networks as an alternative approach to sector growth. She has a keen interest in supporting women in social enterprise and works with women in some of the most deprived wards in Birmingham. Sarah has worked hard to raise awareness of social enterprise over many years which has resulted in Birmingham’s City Drive which targets residents and workers in the city. The City Drive in 2019 reached over 240,000 individuals. Young people have also benefited from her work through internships and work experience at ISE and more recently a programme of activity in primary schools. She owns and manages 2 dedicated sector hubs which combined created over £3.5 million social value last year.
Since its inception ISE has supported the start-up of over 350 social enterprises and works currently with an additional 500 SE’s supporting business growth and enhancing social value. She is the convenor for Birmingham as a Social Enterprise City, Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter, is a member of the RSA, is an Industrial Fellow of Aston University and is on several social enterprise boards. Last year Sarah was made a Fellow of Social Enterprise UK, an acknowledgement she is very proud of.