Sarah Harkness is an experienced finance professional who has worked at the highest level in a range of roles and organisations. She started her executive career in banking and in 1992 was appointed as Corporate Finance Director of NatWest Markets. Six years later she moved to Arthur Andersen, where she remained until 2002.
Sarah left this role to launch the corporate division of Directorbank Executive Search Ltd, which specialised in non-executive recruitment. While there, Sarah took on several non-executive roles in the private sector, as director on the board of Homestyle Group PLC, a financially challenged retailer with an annual turnover of £400m and as chairman of McInnes Corporate Finance. She has been a non-executive director and chair of Audit at JRI Orthopaedics Ltd and served as pro-chancellor of the University of Sheffield. She is now a lay member of the Audit Committee of the University of Birmingham and a non-executive director of Card Geotechnics Ltd.
Sarah has served as a non-executive director on various boards within the NHS for most of the last twenty years, including Rotherham Priority Health NHS Trust and NHS North of England Strategic Health Authority.