Sara Cook

Head of Operations

Sara is Head of Operations at Get The Gen where she has a hand in all aspects of strategy, development, planning and delivery for the organisation. Sara also plays a role in collaborating with colleagues in the parent charity, Volunteering Matters, to ensure visibility and opportunity for Get The Gen on a broader platform.

Sara brings with her 8 years’ experience in third sector leadership, working specifically in the areas of business growth and talent recruitment, all underpinned by unlocking the potential of young people. Sara also sits as a Trustee for the Leith based charity WorkingRite, who support young people from challenging backgrounds into positive pathways, using a relationship based model of mentors and role models to ensure no young person is left behind.

Sara has spoken at international conferences on the topic of the future skills challenge facing employers, and also on national radio conveying the benefits of an engaged and empowered early years workforce. Alignment between business growth and fostering a supportive and purpose-driven workplace culture, where all people can thrive, is something she’s really passionate about.

In 2018, Sara took part in the prestigious Saltire Fellowship programme which saw her travel to Boston for three months to study at Babson College, the number 1 entrepreneurial university in the world. Whilst at Babson, Sara learnt from great business leaders on topics such as strategy, leadership, financing for growth, innovation, sales and marketing. Her learning at Babson will come into sharp focus as she looks at how all of these areas will enable Get The Gen to grow and create more positive impact across Scotland and globally.

When she’s not working, Sara enjoys spending time with her family and recently became a mother for the first time in 2020. She also enjoys cooking, baking and travel literature.