Updated: Apr 15, 2020

Our people are our biggest asset. We make sure we recruit those who share our values, have the ability to develop personally and the will to continue learning professionally.

In 2020 we will regularly shine the spotlight on one of our team. We take a look at their journey to be here now, their role and their why – what drives them.

Today we talk to our Operations Director, Sarah Penn.

Sarah has been with us for over seven years.

What is your role here?

I am responsible for overseeing the day to day operations at Energise. I ensure we deliver on time and to the quality required. I get involved at the service conception stage to provide an understanding of how the work will be delivered by the team so that we can embed the outcomes that the client desires right into the heart of the service design. As well as being at the front line of our services I also sit on our Executive Team so have a perspective of the bigger picture. I very much see myself as a facilitator and tend to step into vacant roles when required. I joined the company as an Office Manager and worked my way up to the role of Operations Director so I have experience in different roles within the business.

What drives you?

I’m driven by finding ways of utilising our team’s knowledge and experience to drive results, which ultimately feed into a sustainable future for our planet. I am passionate about those who don’t have a voice when it comes to climate change, our future generations and nature itself. I also thrive on helping our Energise team and clients exceed their expectations and operate from a place of opportunity, not fear.

What do you enjoy about your job and what challenges you?

I love the people I work with and enjoy seeing the team grow – in numbers and as individuals. I enjoy speaking to our clients and figuring out the solution to their problem. Simon, Tamsin and I are a great team, they feel like family to me and it’s a privilege to work with them. When I started to understand the climate challenge and what we are facing I started to see things from a different perspective. With this perspective my sense of responsibility grew deeper. I have had the opportunity to learn and challenge myself here and grow with the business.

I love that we’ve created an environment of authenticity where individuals feel a sense of freedom within themselves and have a clear understanding of how valuable they are, both as individuals and to the organisation. I am not afraid of challenges and my biggest desire is to always overcome them and to empower others to do the same, helping them achieve more than they ever thought possible in themselves, collectively as a team, for our clients and ultimately for our communities, both local and global.

What are your hopes for the future?

I want to know that I’ve done everything in my power to make the biggest impact possible with our work, balancing that with enjoying life. It’s easy to get bogged down by the vastness of the issue – we must remain hopeful. I believe in community and the ability for communities to drive change and I’m looking forward to exploring more deeply in the near future how climate change is impacted by culture change and how we can work on that level to effect the most impactful change.

Who inspires you?

  • Steve Jobs - he was so single minded and focused. He had a very clear vision of what he wanted to achieve. He gave a speech on connecting the dots to a Uni group about looking backwards not forwards. That really resonated with me. You can’t have personal understanding until you look back

  • People in their everyday life who don’t know that they’re heroes in their own right

  • Brené Brown - there’s so much truth in what she writes

  • My children. I think they’re incredible.

Tell us three facts about you?

  • I once jumped into the deep end of a swimming pool which had no water in it (I was only five)

  • I spent my childhood growing up in Iran, United Arab Emirates and travelling around Asia

  • I am a qualified Level 2 FA Football Coach.

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