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Sara Coakley

CEO, Independent communications consultancy

Sara Coakley


Professional background

I am a CEO of an independent communications consultancy, providing services to public and third sector organisations. I joined the Board of trustees in January 2017.

I’m a senior communications professional, skilled in developing and implementing comprehensive communication strategies.  I have extensive public sector, third sector, health and regulatory experience.

I’m adept at marketing organisations whilst protecting their reputations and disseminating key messages at times of crisis. My stakeholder engagement and public affairs work underpins my strong media background.  I have, in addition led some key campaigns in the areas of health and diversity working through Government Arm’s Length Bodies, effecting real and lasting change at both a national and local level.

Personal Overview

I am originally from Dublin and have lived in England for 30 years.  My first dealings with the IiB were back in 1997 when I worked for the Commission for Racial Equality and we worked together on getting the Irish added to the Census and separately on the release of the Discrimination and the Irish Community in Britain report.

I have crossed paths with the IiB over the intervening years in my various public health and diversity roles.  But now as the Irish in Britain demographic starts to shift, I felt it was the right time to join as a trustee and work for the interests of all those, old and new living in Britain. 

General Interests

I’m a keen swimmer and sports enthusiast and was a volunteer at both the London 2012 Olympics and the 2015 Rugby World cup.