Sarah Churchman OBE - Business in the Community
Sarah Churchman smiling

Sarah Churchman OBE

People Director, Global I&D Leader and Chief Inclusion, Community & Wellbeing Officer,

Gender Equality Leadership Team

Sarah is a senior HR professional with over 30 years’ experience in diversity, equity and inclusion and is one of the country’s leading practitioners in this field.

Sarah operates ahead of the curve. She worked with PwC’s LGBTQ+ network in 2003 to ensure equality in benefits provision for staff with same sex partners. In 2005 she experimented with unconscious bias awareness training developing an award winning product. She identified the link between diversity and talent management as an obvious mechanism for target setting in 2011. In 2013 she established an award winning sponsorship programme and, under her leadership, PwC was the fifth private sector organisation in the UK to publish their gender pay gap in 2014 before the regulations came into force. She was instrumental in PwC signing Business in the Community’s (BITC) Race at Work Charter and publishing their ethnicity pay gap since 2017. Sarah led PwC to number one in the Social Mobility Employers Index in 2019 and 2020. Since November 2021 she has been both the UK leader and the Global I&D (inclusion and diversity) Leader for the PwC Network.

Sarah also leads on Wellbeing Strategy for PwC UK, proactively taking steps to deliver a wellbeing promoting working environment. This has prioritised mental health since 2016 to compliment all other aspects of employee health and wellbeing agenda. Early initiatives such as the Green Light to Talk campaign went on to be adopted widely by other employers and PwC is one of only two employers to achieve Health Creating Accreditation by the City Mental Health Alliance Thriving at Work assessment.

Sarah was awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List for services to women in business, equality and diversity.