Sarah Pinkerton

Head of External Communications,
Northumbrian Water Group

East of England Leadership Board

Sarah is Head of External Communications for Essex & Suffolk Water, which is part of Northumbrian Water Group. She has worked for the company since 2004 and managed communications for the one of the UK’s biggest construction projects: the Abberton Scheme. The project secured drinking water supplies for 1.5 million people in the driest part of the country and has dramatically enhanced one of Europe’s most important wetland sites.

Sarah is responsible for managing relationships with the media, politicians and non-governmental organisations (NGOs); as well as setting group-wide strategy for community investment and NGO partnerships. This strategy has helped Northumbrian Water Group be listed by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the most ethical companies in the world eight times. 

Sarah holds a law degree from the University of Exeter and a masters in environmental law from Aberystwyth University. Sarah is also a board member for the Rural Community Council for Essex, a charity that helps address issues such as social isolation, poor access to services and a shortage of affordable housing that are crucial to people living and working in rural Essex today.

Sarah has joined the East of England Leadership Board as she is passionate about how business can work together to contribute to thriving communities, and help protect and improve the natural environment.