Sarah Cossey

Chief Operating Officer
Sarah Cossey, Chief Operating Officer


Personal Pronouns: She/Her

Contact details:

+44 (0) 1603 450 787



Sarah Cossey


Sarah is a professional accountant and project manager with extensive experience across the public and private sector. Sarah spent nine years in finance and audit within local government and the NHS. She then moved to the Cabinet Office as part of the Senior Management Team of the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) in 1998 to lead the finance and business support team.

Prior to joining the Earlham Institute, Sarah spent three years managing a large team within the private sector, in a regional media company, leading a shared finance service through significant change. Sarah is a qualified PRINCE II project manager and has managed projects including the merger of two government departments, the implementation of new IT systems and major organisational change. Sarah has successfully delivered considerable efficiency savings, both within the public and private sectors, and improved service delivery.

Sarah has been at EI since 2011, taking up her current position in 2014. She is a member of the EI Executive Team, and has responsibility for the operational support and oversight of the capabilities at EI. This includes the scientific training, public engagement, knowledge exchange and industrial engagement and corporate services delivery.


Operations Division.

Sarah holds the responsibility for the Operations Division and has led EI through many development projects to improve its infrastructure and facilities. The Operations Division comprises the Genomics Pipelines, Communications, Business Development & Impact, and Business Support.