Sarah Billiald


Sarah Billiald has had a long career in the public sector in a variety of guises: delivery, policy and regulatory. A collaborative leader, she has significant experience of strategy, finance and delivery of public services in national and local settings. Prior to joining Collaborate, Sarah was the Chief Executive of Kent Probation (2008 – 2014), a £20m organisation providing and commissioning Probation services across the county of Kent.

She was also Chair of the Kent Criminal Justice Board (2011 – 2014), a multiagency board to improve criminal justice outcomes for the people of Kent. Nationally, Sarah’s previous jobs include: Cabinet Office Deputy Director for the Home Affairs team in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, and; Audit Manager leading a range of value for money reports at the National Audit Office with a particular focus on environment and sustainability.

A graduate of Clare College Cambridge, Sarah has a BA in Geography, she is also a qualified chartered accountant.

“Collaborating isn’t as easy as it sounds: it’s messy and uncomfortable but it’s worth it to ensure sustainable, quality, delivery of services to the public. My role at Collaborate allows me to work with an inspiring range of organisations, individuals and unusual suspects who are passionate about the outcomes for the public over and above any one provider or model. Being able to provide bespoke support to those who we work with, and the systems in which they work, often to become ‘collaboration ready’ is what gets me out of bed in the morning.”

About Collaborate

Collaborate is an independent social business supporting cross sector collaboration in services to the public. We are a ‘shared space’ specialising in creative thinking, changing culture and supporting innovative practice. We work with individuals, organisations and systems who want to collaborate to achieve better outcomes for citizens.

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