Sarah’s grandfather was born in Eastcott, where his family lived while they worked for the Swindon GWR works until they closed. She grew up in St.Albans where she was educated at a comprehensive school before going to the University of Leeds to study French and Spanish. She graduated in 2002 and went straight to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. She spent 13 years in the Army where she worked in communications.
Sarah travelled all over the UK and abroad while serving in the Army before settling in the Swindon area in 2012, and moving to Swindon in 2018. Sarah is married to Olly, also a former soldier who was badly injured in Afghanistan. They have 3 daughters. Sarah supports Olly in the work he does to promote better mental health, particularly amongst men, after his experience post-injury.
Sarah left the Army in 2015 to spend some time with her 3 daughters, and to campaign for the services that were under threat locally. She led the Save Swindon’s Libraries campaign in 2016, ensuring that none of the town’s libraries closed and that public funding continued to the largest 5 libraries, including Park Library in Cavendish Square.
Sarah then fought the 2017 and 2019 General Elections for Labour in South Swindon. She has worked for a local start up green technology company based in South Marston, is now employed at UKRI at North Star, and continues to campaign for public services in Swindon. You can read about Sarah’s background at work here by clicking on the Linked In button below.
Sarah has also volunteered for a number of organisations in Swindon including the Royal British Legion as a casework volunteer, as a mentor at Swindon Restore, Trustee at the Wiltshire Law Centre, Governor at New College, and most recently as Chair of the Old Town Festival Committee.
“Organising the Old Town Festival is a brilliant way to bring the community together. We work very hard in the months leading up to the Festival, but it’s always worth it on the day!”
Sarah is a member of the GMB Union and is a strong supporter of the work the union is doing in Swindon and across Britain to protect workers’ rights. Recently this has included standing up for workers at Asda, protecting teaching assistants at work, and calling for fair working practices across the gig economy. You can read more about the work the GMB Union does here: https://www.gmb.org.uk