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Profile of Sarah Newton

Chair of the Health and Safety Executive

Martin Temple

Sarah has thirty years’ experience of strategic planning, leadership and change management, dealing with complex issues across the business, voluntary and governmental sectors. She has considerable experience of building partnerships between diverse people and organisations to deliver shared aims. She has served on a wide range of boards and is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.

Between 2010 and 2019 she was an MP and served for three years as a Member of the Science and Technology Select Committee before becoming a Minister in the Home Office and latterly at the Department of Work and Pensions, where she had the honour of working with the HSE and leading the Health and Work unit. Amongst other responsibilities while at the Home Office she led work on tackling modern slavery, human trafficking and human exploitation.

Before entering the House of Commons, she was Director of the International Longevity Centre - UK, Age Concern England and American Express Europe. She also served as a Councillor in the London Borough of Merton.

Sarah was educated at Falmouth Comprehensive School and Kings College London. Sarah won a Rotary International postgraduate scholarship in the USA.

Sarah is married with three children.

Register of interests

1 Companies, partnerships, trusts or other bodies of which you are a paid employee. Non-Executive Director of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust. Paid position
2 Companies and organisations in which you or your family or close associates:
a) has/have a controlling interest, or None
b) is/ are a Director or Partner, or None
c) has/have shares or securities with a nominal value of more than £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issues share capital, and None
d) could be involved in the supply of goods or services to, or have business dealings with the HSE None
3 Non-profit making organisations (e.g.  charities, housing associations) where you or your  close family are Trustees, or on the Committee of Management or other controlling body and which might receive grants, carry out activities designed to promote or develop the organisation, or have other significant dealings with the HSE

Sarah Newton

1) Patron of the Charity Turn to Starboard. Unpaid position

2) Trustee and Director of Hall for Cornwall.

Unpaid position Sarah’s Husband – Alan Newton

1) Trustee of Reach South Multi Academy Trust. Unpaid position

2) Governor of the University of the Creative Arts. Unpaid position

3) Trustee of the Open College of the Arts. Unpaid position

4) Non-Executive Director of Belmont Green Finance Ltd. Paid position

5) Senior Adviser to the Bank of England. Paid position

4 Any land or property in which a member has a direct interest and is clearly within HSE’s sphere of activities. None
5 Membership of local authorities, health authorities and trusts, the Magistrates Bench, and relevant voluntary sector bodies. None
Updated 2020-08-03