Sarah Setchell

Executive Director of People and Organisational Development (POD)

Sarah joined De Montfort University (DMU) at the end of 2005 as a HR Business Partner, was promoted to Deputy Director in 2008 and to Director in 2013, when she joined the Executive Board.

POD is a people-focussed directorate encompassing functions that impact on both staff and students, including:

  • Organisational development
  • Human resources
  • Equality and diversity
  • Health and safety                                                           
  • Occupational health
  • Learning and development
  • Academic development

Sarah graduated from Durham University in 1994 and completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management in 2005 at Northumbria University. She completed the LLM (Master of Laws) in Employment Law at Leicester University in 2014, and is a Practitioner in MSP (Managing Successful Programmes) and Change Management. Sarah is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Before joining DMU, Sarah worked as an Organisational Development Adviser at Gateshead Council from 2002 to 2005. She spent five years working at Sainsbury's in a variety of leadership and management roles, having completed its Graduate Management Training scheme, ending her time with the company as a Business Performance Manager. Sarah also worked for the Civil Service as a leader of assessment and appeals teams.

Sarah is married with two sons. She loves the outdoors and is a regular runner and enjoys walking her dog and has recently taken up gardening and yoga.  She also enjoys travelling with her family.

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