Dr Sarah Pearson
Dr Sarah Pearson FTSE, professional Non-Executive Director and Advisor with extensive global executive leadership experience spanning FTSE 100 multinationals, international C-suite roles in the public and private sector, leading brands such as McKinsey & Co and Cadbury, Venture Capital and startups.
Sarah is a leader with global experience and skills in innovation and innovation based economies. Her roles have included Chief Scientist and Chief Innovation Officer at the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Founding CEO of the CBR Innovation Network, PVC Innovation at the University of Newcastle, CEO of ANU Enterprise, management consulting with McKinsey & Co in Sydney, tenured Physics academic at UNE, and global head of Open Innovation at Cadbury plc in Reading UK. Her strategic, research, and innovation skills have also been applied to board positions spanning government, venture capital, tech companies and social impact entities, as well as advisory roles such as previous Foreign Minister Julie’s Bishop’s International Reference Group. She holds a PhD in Particle Physics from Oxford, is the author on eight international patents, for cancer diagnosis and novel confectionary, and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.