Sarah Billiald is Managing Director of Collaborate with significant experience of strategy, finance and delivery of public services in national and local settings.
Prior to joining Collaborate, Sarah was the Chief Executive of Kent Probation from 2008 until 2014. Under her leadership, Kent Probation won national and local awards for delivery of innovative services and staff/service user achievements including Butler Trust, Howard League and No Offence. As Chair of the Kent Criminal Justice Board, she led innovative work to 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.
Sarah led the development of Co:here, a multi-stakeholder mutual to bid for Ministry of Justice probation contracts, a joint venture with a private sector partner and a social investor that offered ground-breaking solutions to leverage funding to address reoffending.
Sarah was also the communications lead for the Probation Chiefs Association and has been a member of the Guardian’s Public Leaders advisory board.
Previously, Sarah was a Deputy Director at the Cabinet Office, and at HM Treasury as part of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, leading the Home Affairs team. She spent the early years of her career working with a community development charity before going to the National Audit Office where she trained as a chartered accountant and managed a range of value for money work on environment and sustainable development and the financial audit of Museums and Galleries and the British Council.