Former Vice President of Sony Global Tax Office, Europe
Course: B Comm, Industrial Economics and Business Studies, 1986
Sarah may be of interest to students who are interested in accountancy, tax, international business, government, legal and diversity and equality.
I was head of Sony’s European tax team from 2001 to the end of 2019, when I decided to leave corporate life to focus on coaching, mentoring, and speaking and writing on issues of diversity and inclusion.
I am a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Chartered Institute of Taxation, and have over thirty years’ experience in taxation.
During my career I have dealt with a wide range of international issues, including formation of a new publicly listed group, cross border mergers and a variety of M&A transactions and business restructurings. I regularly engaged in discussions with governments and other legislative bodies including the HMRC, HM Treasury, the European Commission and the OECD on tax policy matters.
Prior to joining Sony, I spent 7 years with Pepsi in an international tax planning role, having spent the first part of my career in practice in leading accounting and legal firms. During my time with Pepsi, I worked extensively in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
I am active in a number of professional and corporate tax associations and speak regularly on tax matters. I was awarded the International Tax Review in-house award at the Legal Media Group's Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2012, and the Legal 500’s In-House Tax Award in 2013.
I am a trustee of the Sony Music pension fund, and was chair of the Gender Equality group within Sony Pictures.
I am passionate about gender diversity and equality and am particularly keen to support students from minority groups in reaching their full potential. Having run a highly successfully student internship programme with the University of Birmingham for several years, I understand the pressures and uncertainties facing students as they embark on their graduate careers, and am keen to help mentees explore their options in a constructive and structured way. I believe you, the mentee, should define how you want the relationship to work, and it is my job to help you through a thought process – to help you find answers, not to dictate them to you.
I am a keen skier, and love cooking for family and friends. Any spare time is usually spent watching movies, reading fiction and listening to music.
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