About Sarah

Sarah is a social innovator with twenty years experience in the corporate and business sector. To read more about Sarah’s most recent work, there is a great piece in Living North Magazine here.

Six years ago Sarah Dunwell co-founded a social enterprise in a small kitchen in a homelessness drop-in centre.  Fuelled with a burning passion to develop a purpose driven business, she lead the organisation to become a thriving enterprise operating across multiple sites, delivering nationally acclaimed, award-winning food.

Social purpose always remained at the heart of Sarah’s vision – to see the business support the maximum number of people from backgrounds of homelessness and exclusion into jobs and careers that offered hope.  After seeing over 500 people graduate from that programme, Sarah remains committed to offering people a hand up and not a hand out.

Applying the philosophies that made that social enterprise, Create, so meaningful to so many, Sarah is now working with partners in the food industry. Sarah is exploring ways to tackle food poverty and give people the tools to get out of it.

Norman Pickavance, former HR and Communications Director at Morrisons Supermarkets said, “Sarah has done a great job in developing Create over the past six years, she has brought considerable innovation and energy, and helped to really communicate what social enterprise is all about to a wide audience.”

Sarah is inspired by the words of Teddy Roosevelt –

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

…and her dog Russ. Russell

© Sarah J Dunwell 2009 - 2013

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