Sara Whybrew

Sara Whybrew

Programme Director (England)

Sara is the Programme Director (England) at Creative & Cultural Skills. She works with employers across the creative industries to diversify entry routes into the workforce via apprenticeships, paid internships and alternative work focused training routes.

Before joining Creative & Cultural Skills, Sara was the East of England Learning and Skills lead for Arts Council England and arts development lead for a number of local authority areas. 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 supporting the development of their England-wide apprenticeship training offer. 

Up to 2008, Sara worked in Lifelong Learning developing new creative and cultural industry-led Foundation Degrees and spent 5 years lecturing in a Further Education art school. 

Sara is an avid supporter of the arts and is on the Board of the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.  She trained at the Cambridge School of Art and is a qualified teacher.