Sarah Woodcock


An experienced senior business development leader with particular specialism in developing education and inequality programmes and establishing global partnerships.

Sarah has more than 15 years’ experience winning large-scale grants and contracts with a range of donors including governments, institutional donors, corporates, foundations, and trusts. She has led diverse teams for a range of global organisations including ActionAid and IDLO and has working experience of designing, planning, winning and implementing creative and impactful programmes.

Sarah has worked on a range of impact design or measurement programmes and has a broad experience of different monitoring and evaluation methodologies and practices. She is also an experienced facilitator working with wide-ranging groups to design new and innovative solutions to urgent problems of injustice or inequality.

Sarah has lived and worked in North America, Europe and Asia. Sarah is currently based in London where she is also a Strategic Advisor for a UK education foundation and a member of the international Opus network of young entrepreneurs and social impact leaders.

Key Skills 

Strategy design and development

  • Partnership building and development (government, charities, social movements, and grassroots organisations)
  • Project development and design
  • Due diligence, project monitoring and evaluation
  • Bid-writing and contract management
  • Impact management and assessment
  • Facilitation

Developed the strategy for a transcontinental AU / EU Youth Partnership including the establishment of a new network of African social entrepreneurs, activists and campaigners.

Directed ActionAid’s successful submission to W.K. Kellogg’s $90 million 2030 Racial Equity challenge, competing with over 1400 applicants.

Line management of a diverse team of fundraising coordinators based in regional hubs contributing to a $200million portfolio.

Deep technical knowledge of designing and project managing programmes across Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Wide international network of contacts including corporates, foundations, think tanks, academia, networks, and social movements.