Sarah David


Picture of Sarah David at Moller Institute

Sarah works predominately with professional services firms and ambitious private equity backed businesses to accelerate the performance of leaders and their teams. She has a strong track record of improving the financial performance of the teams she works with. These improved financial outcomes are achieved by creating clarity of strategy and purpose, building and enhancing leadership skills and nurturing and shaping positive culture.

Sarah has built her consulting and coaching career having previously held senior executive level roles in a range of businesses going through significant growth and change. Her early career was spent as a lawyer with Slaughter and May, before moving into sales and management as a director of QD Legal, the leading international legal recruitment business at the time. Latterly, she held senior executive positions in Linklaters, as Executive Director, where she was responsible for a major change programme across 23 countries, involving 2,000 people, and Whitehead Mann Korn Ferry, as both COO and Head of Anglo French Leadership Consulting practice.

A key player in business acquisitions, on both the buy and sales side, Sarah has unusually strong experience of change situations. Her role in these acquisitions on both sides means she is expert in how to engage and harness teams in major change, especially when there is resistance; how to integrate and recharge after significant events, including restructuring at national and international levels; as well as leading change programmes vital to growth and retrenchment strategies. She is passionate about people feeling like they are working to their potential, whatever situation they find themselves in.

Sarah runs a consulting business, Thrive Consulting Collaborative. The Thrive model uses four steps: Diagnose, Share, Work and Reflect. She works with her clients both to create and design strategy and objectives but also to implement them successfully, working with clients from theory to practice. Sarah also employs both 1:1 and team approaches to work, which accelerates the pace of change more than using one or the other. Her high challenge, high support techniques have shown themselves to be highly effective in creating sustainable change. She has been able to apply her tactics and strategies in organisations ranging from £1m to £2bn turnover, particularly in professional services, staffing and search, regulatory and education sectors, and in all ownership models: private, listed, public and private equity backed.

Sarah has lived and worked in the US a number of times and is highly experienced at working with leadership teams at a global level. As well as working across the UK, Sarah has particular experience of Irish, French and German teams and businesses.

Sarah has an MBA from Henley Business School, coming first in her class for Final Exams. Sarah graduated with a BA in Law from the University of Sheffield and completed her Law Society Finals at Guildford. She attended the Harvard Business School Professional Services Programme at the University of Cambridge and while interning at Franklin Covey in SLC, Utah, was trained in their Time Management philosophy. She studied with Lane 4 for her performance coaching practice and is accredited in a number of psychometric tests.

Thrive is a social business, giving at least ten per cent of time pro bono to equality, social justice and mobility causes. Sarah’s not for profit experience includes board roles at The Children’s Society, inspire* and as CEO of Firefly, an autism school and outreach centre. Sarah coaches and mentors CEOs and young people in the charity space and has led CSR programmes for businesses in an executive capacity. She is passionate about making a difference.