Sarah completed an economics degree at the University of Sydney while working at the AWU before going on to become an Organiser at the ACTU.
After having children, Sarah completed a PhD at the University of Sydney and was an Associate Professor at UTS for 10 years before moving into her current role as Director, Industrial Relations Compliance in the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet.
As an academic Sarah developed a public profile as a ‘go-to’ commentator on workplace issues. Her research, and public advocacy emphasised the importance of organised labour in protecting the right to dignity and fairness at work as well as recognising the contribution made by women in the workplace and the labour movement.
Sarah was an active NTEU member - being elected NSW Division President and staff representative on UTS Council where she advocated for the reduction of precarious work, limits to university executive pay and better representation of women.
Sarah’s party involvement has included Vice-Presidency of the NSW ALP and Chair of NSW ALP Women’s Forum. She was a Director of the McKell Institute for 10 years and is a member of the Arncliffe/Wolli Creek Branch.