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Sarah-Jane Dale

Sarah-Jane Dale

Chief Operating Officer

I know it’s a bit of a cliché but I’m a people person and it’s very important for me to enjoy the work I do. That means collaborating with colleagues and forging trusting relationships are real motivators.

I’ve always believed that high performing teams are key to great care. So, it’s no surprise to me that with the integration of health and social care gaining pace, team-based working is now such a hot topic. It’s incredibly important that we find innovative ways to engage and develop teams working across boundaries.

AOD plays a pivotal role in all this. We are applying Michael West’s research around team effectiveness to shape day-to-day practice in many settings, most notably the NHS. And it’s my goal as COO to drive our business forward.

Before AOD, I led Skills for Care (SfC) in the South-West and set a new industry standard with the SfC national leadership programme for the sector – Well-Led. 

Earlier in my career I also worked as the UK lead on the European Dignity in Care programme.

When I’m not working, I run (well jog) very long distances and spend a lot of time on the touchline watching my sons play rugby.

If I can help with your OD challenges or you want to share your experiences of AOD tools and programmes, please feel free to get in touch. I’d love to chat.


At a glance:
My capabilities: leadership, management, learning & development, business improvement, public speaking, equality and diversity, continuous improvement.

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