Sara Whybrew is the Director of Policy and Development at Creative & Cultural Skills overseeing its policy, fundraising, communications and evaluation work. She works closely with key sector stakeholders and leads the organisation’s sector guidance on workforce development, including apprenticeships and fair access.
Before joining Creative & Cultural Skills, Sara was the East of England Learning and Skills lead for Arts Council England. During her time at the Arts Council Sara oversaw a number of pilot programmes designed to improve working relationships between arts organisations and education providers, managed financial stabilisation programmes, led place-based arts development opportunities and co-wrote the £15 million Creative Employment Programme: an England-wide programme designed to support thousands of young unemployed people into entry level jobs across the arts and cultural workforce. Sara went on to oversee the successful delivery of this programme at Creative & Cultural Skills prior to her current role.
Up to 2008, Sara worked in Lifelong Learning developing new creative and cultural industry-led progression routes and spent 5 years lecturing in a Further Education art school.
Sara is an avid supporter of the arts and has sat on and supported the Boards of various cultural organisations. She trained at the Cambridge School of Art and is a trained teacher.