Sarah's passion for recovery, mental health promotion and social inclusion stems from her own experience of being diagnosed with mental illness in early childhood. This has led to a lifelong interest in the issues faced by people with experience of mental illness and a burning desire to work and advocate for positive change in this area. Sarah has worked in a wide variety of roles in the mental health sector and recently led to the establishment of New Zealand's first peer-led and run community based acute mental health service, The Key We Way.
Sarah recently graduated from the Blueprint/Waikato University Advanced Executive Leadership and Management Programme, Inspiring the future of Mental Health in New Zealand. She was recognised for being top of her class, and awarded a prize that included a study tour of the USA and Canada and attendance at the IIMHL (International Initiative in Mental Health Leadership) conference in Ottawa 2007. Sarah has twice represented New Zealand at INTAR (International Network of Treatment Alternatives for Recovery).