Curriculum Vitae – Sarah Hopwood

 Sarah has a natural ability to effectively communicate using a broad range of skills, enabling her to tackle new and challenging projects with confidence and agility. Her presentation skills are highly polished, balancing authority with skilled facilitation – ideal for running anything from meetings, heading up teams to leading or supporting a conference environment. Sarah works hard, is responsive and has a naturally caring nature whilst maintaining her focus on getting the job done.

Notable speaking events:

2018: ‘Increasing your level of Influence’ Olympia London, International Confex Conference

2016: Master of Ceremonies & EQ Keynote Speaker: Women in Leadership Global Summit (Berlin)

2015: Master of Ceremonies: Women in Business (London Excel)

2015: EQ Keynote Conference Speaker: Australia House, London

2014: Master of Ceremonies: Brighton City College ‘City Achiever’s’ Annual Awards

2014: Master of Ceremonies: The Argus Youth in Action Awards (American Express & Albion Stadium)

2014: Awarded Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association

Regularly invited to attend monthly debates in the House of Lords

Guest Cruise Speaker: Fred Olsen & Saga

Registered with ‘School Speakers’

Key publications & experience:

Global Magazine writing about Emotional Intelligence: Ethical Boardroom:

  • Trust Beyond the Boardroom double page spread
  • Courtroom to Boardroom double page spread

Local Magazine writing about Business Ethics & EQ: Platinum Business Magazine:

  • Sustainable Competitive Advantage
  • Power of Empathy
  • The ‘I’ in Team
  • The Red Arrows – recorded interviews with Sir Christopher Coville, Brian Hoskins and Andy Wyatt

Chaired gdb: ‘Talent of Tomorrow’ (John Peel OBE sat on the committee)

Chairman of ‘Rockinghorse’ children’s charity: Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital

Head of Performance – ALC Global Health (2 years working with Sarah Jewell MBE) running on from being her business consultant

Business Manager – Pilgrims Friend Society (5 months)

Executive Producer & TV Presenter: “Family, Faith and Fun …the happiness debate” broadcast on Latest TV (Channel 7) 6.30pm every Sunday – now in Year 4

‘Trinity Voice’ worship band: founder

Hosted own TV show ‘Business Sense EQ’: filmed at Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire

Shoreham College Business Forum: co-presented with Sally Gunnell OBE, Tim Loughton MP & Martin Perry (who designed the Albion Amex Stadium).

Young Enterprise Business Advisor 2009 ­11: Consultant for Lancing College – winning ‘YE Best Branding’ 2011

Martin & Co. 2005: as a team of 3 we won Rightmove ‘Letting Agent of the Year’

Education & qualifications: 

  • Full training in Mindshop: Business problem‐solving tools and processes
  • Professional Speaker Membership: awarded Fellow of the Professional Speakers Association in 2014 & won London ‘Member of the year’ 2013
  • Diploma: NLP (Neuro‐Linguistic Programming)
  • Diploma: Pre‐School Practice (NVQ L3)
  • 2 year’s Christian training: Bishop’s Certificate
  • Advanced television training: Pinewood Studios
  • Radio presenting intensive training & running her own show: New Wine 87.7 FM
  • Fully trained district nurse
  • Head of Pre-Prep Music: Sompting Abbotts Prep School 1998 – 2004
  • Keyboard player in Worship Band: Shoreham Baptist Church
  • Committee member: Shoreham Churches Together (2 years)
  • Former Church Warden: Church of the Good Shepherd, Shoreham Beach (interregnum, interviewing & appointing new vicar)
  • Sang 2012: Royal Pageant on the River Thames ‘Jubilant Commonwealth Choir’
  • 3 consecutive years: joined Royal Albert Hall main choir recording BBC’s ‘Big Sing’
  • Brighton Festival Chorus: sang and toured with them for 3 years

Additional Volunteering:

Hairdressing: Self-taught cutting for family & friends. Cut over 150 cuts in one year raising funds for charity – includes linking with St Peter’s Church working with the homeless.

Special needs children: spent 2 terms f/t volunteering @Highdown School, Worthing – including small group singing with my keyboard at lunchtimes. SIFE University of Sussex – facilitator for University Business Enterprise Scheme. ‘Business Dragon for students ‘Dragon’s Den’ – Brighton University


Love caravanning, reading, cycling, golf, walking & swimming; all in moderation

Fine dining experiences:

Fleur de Lyse – The Carlton Club, The Freemasonry HQ London & New Scotland Yard; Princes Trust – Royal Garden Party; Wiston House – Carol Service & Banquet, QE2 – Black Tie.