With a career background in research, sales, marketing and consulting, Sara set up Gecko Consulting in 2007 to concentrate on economic development and sustainability. Her analytical background enables delivery of projects that are robust, well-evidenced and insightful. Her interpersonal skills ensure stakeholders and partners are consulted with and involved throughout, and their input reflected in the final outputs. Her interest in the voluntary sector and social enterprises began with a study in 2004 of their role in sport in the East Midlands. This was ground-breaking research and the findings contributed to Sport England’s 'Sport Playing its Part' publication.
Since then, Sara has advised and guided a wide range of social enterprises through start-up, policy development, operational and business planning with financial sustainability at the core of every project. She is also experienced in developing and conducting monitoring and evaluation studies.