ABOUT SARAH COOKE, MD
Sarah understands leadership and
communication within business and through project management.
She can focus on individuals and whole team dynamics to give them the strategies, personal skills and confidence to achieve great things to be the best they can possibly be.
Sarah’s biggest passion is horses and she is a skilled rider. Preparing a horse for competition requires communication, leadership and teamwork. It also requires a competitive spirit and a drive to win!
Much about riding a horse has parallels we use in business.
Communication: When riding a horse, you work out how to communicate with an animal that doesn’t speak. Every horse communicates differently and responds differently in various situations. If a horse doesn’t do as you ask, the best riders change their approach.
Leadership: When at a show, both yours and your horses stress levels are quite high. You need to understand what that horse needs in that situation, they may need you to take a stronger leadership role being quite firm or they may need you to remain relaxed and soft in your communications, but either way you must keep them focused until the class is over.
Teamwork: There is no better feeling than when you win. The best riders constantly praise their horse and credit the horse with the win. Albeit it is our motivation, encouragement and hard work that led to the win, as a rider we’d be nowhere without our team and horse. That praise makes it worthwhile for the horse, not the rosette.
Sarah has over 15 years’ experience in the construction industry; in design, on site – up to director level. She brings a strong understanding of the process, from inception, through preconstruction and construction to aftercare. Her leadership skills and technical knowledge are from experience of working on large private sector projects, including shopping centres, high-rise residential and leisure, to public-sector projects and frameworks, including delivering batches of DfE schools and bidding national government frameworks.
- Preconstruction Director Morgan Sindall (2018 - 2019)
- Preconstruction Director Galliford Try (2013 - 2018)
- Head of Preconstruction and Design Thomas Vales (2008 - 2013)
- Design Manager Bovis Lend Lease (2003 - 2008)
- Assistant Architect Chapman Taylor (2001 - 2003)