Sara Webb

Sara Webb

At a glance


  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Change management
  • General / operations management
  • HR
  • Project / programme management
  • Business advice / analysis
  • Data analysis
  • Training


Based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire
I would prefer to volunteer mainly at home, or mainly at the office.


Mostly during office hours

No more than 3 hrs/wk for an on-going role. Projects needing more time for short periods would also be fine. Prefer working hours.


  • Any

Type of role

Ongoing role, Short term project, Trustee/Governor

Work history

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About me

I am a Human Resources Director with over 30 years' experience working in different industry sectors (telecommunications, nuclear, manufacturing, NHS, arts), and took the decision to retire from full-time employment at Sotheby's in 2015, although I have since continued to undertake HR project work from time to time. I am analytical by nature, and enjoy situations that require me to assess data, identify root causes, balance different views or information, and develop and deliver practical solutions to a deadline.

I enjoy the challenge of finding ways to communicate complex ideas to meet the demands of different audiences. My primary areas of HR interest are the development and implementation of HR strategy, policies and procedures that respond to changing business requirements and opportunities, performance management, learning & development, recognition and reward (including pensions), employee engagement and communications. That said, my previous roles have required me to deliver across all HR activities, so I'm receptive to other needs. 

I was an independent member of the Board of Governors of Arts University Bournemouth between 2013 and 2020, also holding the position of Senior Independent Governor, Chair of the Remuneration Committee and Chair of the Human Resouces Committee. My work as a governor has required the transition from "doer" to "challenger and supporter", but I believe my background and skills enabled me to make a positive contribution to strategic planning at the university, particularly as it relates to HR. 

I was appointed as an External Trustee of Hull University Students’ Union in 2019, and appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees in January 2021. 

From 2018 to 2020, I was a Trustee of Sight Advice South Lakes, a charity working to support people with visual impairment throughout the South Lakes Region. I resigned my position due to my relocation away from the North West.

I am interested in how students transition from the learning environment to employment, and have developed and run both school and university-based job seeking workshops and one-to-one interview practice.


What am I looking for

I’m currently more or less at capacity, but may be willing to consider any short-term HR-related roles, or Trustee/Governor positions close to Sheffield.