Sally, 53 years old, was born in Somerset, a beautiful South West county. All her working life was spent with British Telecommunications (BT), formerly Post Office Telecommunications. She retired in 2009 having held a range of increasingly senior executive positions. Throughout her career, Sally has lived in the South West of England – technology making it possible to “live away from the job”.
In 1989, Sally, as one of only twelve women, was sponsored by BT on a “Women in Engineering” programme. One year was spent studying electronics and engineering before taking a four year, full time degree course in Computing and Informatics at the University of Plymouth, specialising in software and telecommunications engineering.
Learning is a passion with Sally and she has interspersed academic training and development with work experience throughout her career, acquiring a post-graduate diploma in Business Management. On executive development programmes, she has also studied at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Berkeley and Lausanne.
Her final role at BT was Regional Director for the South West of England, leading the Regional Board to deliver key broadband and community projects supporting the local economy.
In 2010 Sally took part in a scientific expedition to explore the Caribbean’s Cayman Trough, which searched for deep sea volcano vents and new species of creatures. She led the outreach programme aimed at bringing this research to a wider audience.
As well as sitting on the Governing Council of the University of Exeter, including the lay responsibility for IT, Sally there recently completed a Masters Degree in Social and Organisational Psychology.
Joining the Rotary Club of Tiverton six years ago, Sally is on the Club’s Foundation Committee. She has been Chair of the Tiverton Community Services Committee, and was Chair of the organising committee for the 2012/13 District 1170 Conference.
Sally now lives with Paul in Sidmouth, a lovely small town on the Devon coast. When not involved with Rotary or Exeter University, she is a big “foodie” and loves sampling new foods. Together she and Paul enjoy the cinema, watching live music, walking, cooking, and being with family and friends. Travel and experiencing new cultures is a great pleasure.