Sarah comes from a nursing background, having completed a BSc from the University of Cape Town with nursing experience in South Africa and the UK. She subsequently did an Honours in Nature Conservation at Stellenbosch University and a Masters in Environmental Science at London University.
Sarah started work with Bioregional on a volunteer basis while still nursing and worked with Sue Riddlestone on the MiniMills project and subsequently, the Local Paper for London and Surrey schemes respectively, till 2003. Sarah did environmental impact assessment consultancy work in Cape Town in 1999 / 2000 and then back in the UK joined the One Planet Communities programme part time in 2005. Returning again to South Africa Sarah founded Bioregional South Africa in Durban in 2010 to promote the use of the One Planet Living framework. She is also a Green Star accredited professional with the Green Building Council of South Africa.
In between some activism and being a mother to two daughters, Sarah loves being an African again – camping, hiking, swimming in the sea and game viewing.
Since being in Durban Sarah has dedicated her work to furthering the use of the One Planet Living framework. Her work is varied to include delivery of One Planet workshops e.g. to land owners and top structure developers; corporate and stakeholder engagement e.g. co-facilitating a Durban Climate Change Partnership; being part of consultancy teams and advisory panels e.g. input to functional area and precinct plans for Durban’s Berea area; and managing projects that are using the One Planet framework e.g. enterprise innovation to twin economic opportunity with enterprise development in north Durban which brokered in over R500K of microfinance to a township area and gained funding support to provide water supply infrastructure to local gardens for food growing. In 2017 / 2018 a refurbishment / new build project which involved project management skills was the refurbishment of two unused school classrooms for a creche in Inanda township, using the ten One Planet principles. Sarah has also instigated volunteer programmes on subjects that she is passionate about in her own back yard e.g. anti-plastic pollution / Rethink the Bag campaign and educating the youth about sustainability by giving talks at schools.