I was lucky enough to have Sarah supporting me in her capacity as a Union representative when I
needed help in negotiating adjustments to my working arrangements in school, as I had a long
term health issue. Sarah made sure she had a thorough understanding of my situation and of the
requirements I needed in order to continue to fulfil my role. She was also sympathetic, caring and
wholly reasonable in her approach, yet firm and steadfast when she needed to be.
She made sure that I thought not only of the here and now but also where I wanted to be in my
career and outside of work in the future, so that I thought through the issues and took a practical
and rational way forward.
Sarah is always immensely calm and measured, well prepared and broad in outlook, this attitude
enables her to support and encourage people in whichever direction is the best for them. Behind
this also is a gentle, quirky and engaging sense of humour so that one feels optimistic when
working through whatever problem is being untangled.
I cannot thank Sarah enough for keeping me sane, positive and motivated when it would have
been very easy to become depressed and to have given up. The-breakout-room is the perfect
space in which to work out how you want to progress with Sarah’s help.