About Nesta

Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

Sarah has built a career working at the intersection of technology, culture and public policy.

She spent over a decade as Director of Global Public Policy at for X (formerly Google X) where she helped engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs invent and launch new technologies to solve some of the world’s most intractable problems. Prior to joining Google, Sarah was Prime Minister Tony Blair’s senior policy adviser on culture, media and sport in Downing Street.

Since leaving Google she has become a prominent voice in the development and application of climate technology, leading panels at UNGAR, New York Climate Week and London Tech Week.

In 2023 she was appointed as one of two independent non-executive directors on the board of the UK’s Advanced Research and Invention Agency, the new agency tasked with leading British breakthrough innovation in science and technology.

Since 2021 she has served as a trustee of Nesta, the social innovation charity, and home of the UK’s ‘Nudge Taskforce’, a non-exec director on the Board of Skateboard UK, and on the Advisory Board of Labour Together.

Sarah lives in Bath, England and enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, listening to 1990s hip-hop and reading spy novels.