Sally was Director of the Clore Duffield Foundation for more than 20 years, where she led the Foundation’s wide-ranging grant-making activity across the cultural, education and social sectors – distributing in excess of £150m – and developed a series of sector support initiatives. She chaired the steering groups which led to the creation of two leadership development charities: Clore Leadership (for the cultural sector); and Clore Social Leadership for the wider charity community. Sally is Co-Chair of the Cultural Learning Alliance, which she founded in 2009 to ensure that every child experiences an arts-rich education that enables them to fulfil their potential.
Before joining the Foundation, Sally studied for a PhD in English literature, ran the education programme at the Poetry Society, and was Children’s Books Editor and Children’s Programmes Manager for the National Trust. She is a freelance writer and consultant, has been a school governor, a charity trustee, and a Museum of the Year judge. She is currently leading on programme development for The Mildred Fund, which provides support for art-based learning for 14-19 year-olds across the UK. Sally was awarded an OBE in 2017 for services to cultural learning.