Sarah Ward

Innovation Consultant

Sarah is an Innovation Consultant with a keen interest in how innovation can be used to create sustainable impact for people and partners. Having mostly worked across Innovation Unit’s education portfolio, her work ranges from co-designing bespoke outcomes frameworks that make explicit the aspirations schools have for all pupils (Aga Khan Education Services), to developing a set of tools for successfully implementing education technology across Sub-Saharan Africa (UNICEF and Aga Khan Foundation).

Sarah is currently working with Innovation Unit Australia New Zealand and Bermuda’s Department of Education on Learning First, a collaborative effort to redesign Bermuda’s public school system, one that is fit for the future of all young people. Closer to home she is working with New Schools Network to support areas in England to design and develop new, community-led, high impact free schools. Outside of education Sarah has spent the last two-years leading an international learning project with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity (now Impact on Urban Health) on what it takes to build cultures of health in urban settings.

Previous research experience includes reports on local learning ecosystems (WISE), how system change happens in education (Big Change), and a comprehensive review on STEM learning ecosystems (Wellcome Trust).