PROFILE

A bit about Sarah

MBA. Project Manager. Designer

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Sarah is a member of Oxford Brookes Steering Committee for the MBA Summer School. She was invited by Oxford Brookes University to be the Graduate Speaker at the 2019 graduation ceremony and has recently volunteered for the NHS.

Sarah Hudson is a creative professional with extensive experience in research, design development, manufacturing and project management. During her career in industry she has worked for brands such as G-Plan Cabinets, The Morris Furniture Group and Ercol furniture.  Sarah has a successful track record in academic, design and operational roles, demonstrated in the following achievements and awards:

  • Global MBA with Distinction from Oxford Brookes University

  • Awarded OBU Prize for ‘Best Performance’ on the MBA Programme

  • Invested in by Ercol for the PRINCE2 and MBA

  • Qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner in project management

  • Promoted three times at the Morris Furniture Group

  • BA in Furniture and Product Design from Ravensbourne

  • RSA Design Award

  • Internal prize winner with Vitra, London

  • Shortlisted design, London Ideal Homes Show

  • Scholarship, The Furniture Makers’ Company (Read more here)

Sarah has worked for:

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With projects from:

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SKILLS AND STRENGTHS

Sarah's creative, project management and communication skills include:

IMAGINATION

IDEATION

ANALYTICAL

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CREATIVITY: Whether it is product, process or people, Sarah’s creative skills enable her to analyse, learn and understand the tasks at hand.  Sarah is observant, imaginative and has particular strength in ideation, by taking ideas and innovations through development to actualization.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Sarah is a qualified PRINCE2 project manager who likes to get things done and is systematic, tenacious and well organised.  A natural planner, Sarah manages time efficiently and managed her MBA whilst working full time at Ercol.

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COMMUNICATION: Sarah has strong communication skills and is good at listening. She has worked with stakeholders across the Far East and Europe and has experience in leading a company-wide engagement initiative.  She understands diverse cultural behaviours, has emotional intelligence and enjoys networking.

AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND PRIZES FROM:

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HOW CAN SARAH SUPPORT YOUR BUSINESS?

Three ways:

Manage projects

Develop designs

Engage stakeholders

  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Sarah can control and manage projects to maximise efficiency.

  • DESIGN DEVELOPMENT: Sarah can design and develop ideas, products and processes.

  • ENGAGE STAKEHOLDERS: Sarah can engage stakeholders where everyone performs better together.

 

PASSION AND VALUES

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PASSION: Sarah is passionate about creativity, people and learning.  In her early years, Sarah was forever drawing and using her imagination.  Her experience on the Global MBA rekindled her love for learning. Her engagement with people across the world inspired her affection for diverse cultures and behaviours.

VALUES: Sarah values work-life balance, quality and support.  A balanced lifestyle is important to Sarah in order to engage with life's variety.  She values quality in everything and believes that support is key to success.

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SUCCESS AND OPPORTUNITY

Sarah turns your strategies into value and success through design development, project management and engaging people.  Sarah thrives in supporting others achieve their goals, manifesting opportunities and is well equipped with numerous transferable skills.

CONTRIBUTIONS

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The role of Project Coordinator was introduced to Ercol in 2011 to support the growth of new product launches to increase revenue.  In 2010, revenue stood at £11 million and by 2018 revenue had grown to £20.5 million. 

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The collections that Sarah designed for the Morris Furniture Group directly led to orders of more than £19 million.

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