Sarah Billiald has a long career in the public sector in a variety of guises: regulatory, policy and delivery.Â She is a collaborative leader with significant experience of strategy, finance and delivery of public services in national and local settings.Â
Prior to joining Collaborate, Sarah was the Chief Executive of Kent Probation (2008 - 2014) a Â£20m organisation with 500 staff delivering Probation services across the county of Kent.Â During her time there she restructured the service in line with new delivery requirements and 25% budget reduction by involving staff and service users in the development of strategies and approaches to increase engagement, improve outcomes and deliver savings.Â Whilst Chair of the Kent Criminal Justice Board (2011 â€" 2014) she led innovative work to co commission domestic abuse services across the county and introduced an integrated approach to restorative justice, a multiagency board ensuring the delivery of justice and prevention of offending in Kent.Â Â During her time at Kent Probation it won a variety of national and local awards for delivery of innovative services and staff/service user achievements including Butler Trust, Howard League and No Offence.Â
Most recently (2013 - 2014), Sarah led the development of a multi stakeholder mutual (Co:here) to bid for Ministry of Justice probation contracts.
Developing a joint venture with a private sector partner and a social investor the three organisations created a groundbreaking solution to leverage funding to address reoffending.Â They went on to co produce an operating solution with staff, service users, community members and partners from across the sectors.Â Â
A passionate communicator Sarah was the communications lead for the Probation Chiefs Association (2012 - 2013) and on the Guardian's public leaders advisory board in 2013.Â
From 2006 - 2008 Sarah was a Deputy Director at the Cabinet Office then HMTreasury as part of the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit leading the Home Affairs team to understand and improve performance on priority targets such as crime reduction, substance abuse and immigration.Â
spent the early years of her
career, after a year with the Bermondsey based community development charity Bede House Association (1996), at the National Audit Office (1997 - 2005) where she
trained as a chartered accountant and managed a range of value for money work particularly on environment and sustainable development and the financial audit of Museums and Galleries and the British Council.Â
A graduate of Clare College Cambridge, Sarah has a BA in Geography.