Sarah Hopwood

Sarah Hopwood

Stage Presence Training: Teaching leaders stage craft, professional speaking & selling a story
P: +44(0) 1273 452313
M: 07900 246963
A: 9 The Driveway, Shoreham By-Sea, BN43 5GG. UK

Sarah has a natural ability to effectively communicate using a broad range of skills, enabling her to tackle new and challenging projects with confidence and agility. Her presentation skills are highly polished, balancing authority with skilled facilitation ideal for running anything from meetings, heading up teams to leading or supporting a conference environment. Sarah works hard, is responsive and has a naturally caring nature whilst maintaining her focus on getting the job done.

Music Teacher 6 years Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School. Sussex
Sang with Brighton Festival Chorus for 3 years - joined main choir on Songs of Praise
Vocals & keyboard player Southwick Christian Community Church Worship Band
Enthused and supported her own children who gained Music Scholarships + both attended the
Guildhall School of Music Saturday School for 4 years
Sang behind Alexandra Burke, Alfie Boe, Russell Watson, Chris de Burge, Susan Boyle and others
Run Cruise Ship Choirs
As PFS Business Manager (care home) I played Carols & hymns when main pianists were unavailable
Voluntary service running community and church singing groups (adults & children)

Notable speaking events:
2018/19: Olympia London, International Conference How to Increase your level of influence 2016: Master of Ceremonies & EQ Keynote Speaker: Women in Leadership Global Summit (Berlin)
2015: Master of Ceremonies: Women in Business (London Excel)
2015: EQ Keynote Conference Speaker: Australia House, London
2014: Master of Ceremonies: Brighton City College City Achievers Annual Awards
2014: Master of Ceremonies: The Argus Youth in Action Awards (American Express & Albion Stadium)
2014: Awarded Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association
Regularly invited to attend monthly debates in the House of Lords
Guest Cruise Speaker: Fred Olsen & Saga

Key publications & experience:
Global Magazine writing about Emotional Intelligence: Ethical Boardroom:
o Trust Beyond the Boardroom double page spread
o Courtroom to Boardroom double page spread

Chaired gdb: Talent of Tomorrow (John Peel OBE on committee)
Chairman of Rockinghorse childrens charity: Royal Alexandra Childrens Hospital
Business Manager: Pilgrims Friend Society Nov 2017 (5 months project completed)
Head of Performance ALC Global Health (working with Sarah Jewell MBE)
Executive Producer & TV Presenter: "Family, Faith and Fun ...the happiness debate" broadcast on Latest TV (Channel 7) 6.30pm every Sunday - now in Year 3
Trinity Voice worship band: founder
Hosted own TV show 'Business Sense EQ': filmed at Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire
Shoreham College Business Forum: co-presented with Sally Gunnell OBE, Tim Loughton MP & Martin Perry (who designed the Albion Amex Stadium).
Young Enterprise Business Advisor 2009 -11: Consultant for Lancing College - winning YE Best Branding 2011

Education & qualifications:
Full training in Mindshop: Business problemsolving tools and processes
Professional Speaker Membership: awarded Fellow of the Professional Speakers Association in 2014 & won London 'Member of the year' 2013
Diploma: NLP (NeuroLinguistic Programming)
Diploma: PreSchool Practice (NVQ L3)
2 years Christian training: Bishops Certificate
Advanced television training: Pinewood Studios
Radio presenting intensive training & running her own show: New Wine 87.7 FM
Fully trained district nurse
Head of Pre-Prep Music: Sompting Abbotts Prep School 1998 2004
Keyboard player in Worship Band: Shoreham Baptist Church
Committee member: Shoreham Churches Together (2 years)
Former Church Warden: Church of the Good Shepherd, Shoreham Beach (interregnum, interviewing & appointing new vicar)
Sang 2012: Royal Pageant on the River Thames Jubilant Commonwealth Choir
3 consecutive years: joined Royal Albert Hall main choir recording BBCs Big Sing

Additional Volunteering:
Hairdressing: Self-taught cutting for family & friends.
Special needs children: spent 2 terms f/t volunteering @Highdown School, Worthing - including small group singing with my keyboard at lunchtimes. SIFE University of Sussex facilitator for University Business Enterprise Scheme. Dragon Brighton University
Family Faith and Fun... the happiness debate TV show
New Wine 87.7FM radio presenter
Formed Trinity Voice worship band
Committee member: Shoreham Churches Together (2 years)
Self-taught hairdresser cutting hair for the homeless and charities

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Emotionally Intelligent Leadership

Teaching leaders how to thread EQ throughout all their processes - including Agile Working
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An Introduction to Emotional Intelligence

This is for those who know (or think they know) little of EQ - most know more than they think. This is a basic introduction not only to the merits of EQ but also why it is so important to business in a world of AI
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Human Response to Change - driving the change you want!

My belief system says that the biggest barrier to change is not so much about people digging their heels in - it is more about fear of the unknown, loss of identity and not understanding why they feel the way they do. Long-term staff could be looking for a smooth ride into retirement I know, but many are acting with good intentions and there is usually a small core who are fully behind the change. EQ can drive through the change cycle - speeding up the time-line and identifying those sabotaging etc
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Building an Effective Team that thinks and behaves emotionally intelligently

This session will talk through an 8 week cycle, look at all the elements found in a good team and also goes through some of the 'do's and 'don't's'. We would need to talk through all you are looking for and craft a bespoke session in line with your needs
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Stress Management and Mindfulness

We all need stress - if we don't have it then we create it. The art of dealing with stress is to make sure rather than hurt it - to help it make us stronger. Depending on the length of the session and audience - presentation or workshop - Sarah will make this as interactive as possible.

All talks/sessions have supporting Mindshop IP (manuals, diagnostics and handouts)

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