Sarah Brown is the founding member and president of ‘PiggyBankKids’, children’s charity organization and also ‘Hobsbawm Macaulay Communications’ which is a public relations company. In her capacities as founder and co-founder of several charitable organizations, she regularly hosts events and ardently campaigns for two issues that are close to her heart—quality healthcare for women and global education. She is deeply committed to several organizations and projects that work for the benefit of pregnant women and newborn children. Through her associations, she guides the working committees of organizations to meet with government officials and departments, industry think tanks, and leaders to seek solutions to ease the burden of women and disadvantaged children. A no-nonsense woman, she is known to work with CEOs and directors of some of the top companies in the world. In addition, she regularly uses the social media and her blogs to muster support for public causes; she currently has over 1 million followers on Twitter. As the wife of the former Prime Minister, she was often appreciated for her ability to smoothly handle her husband’s intolerance for incompetence or uneasiness with self-seeking acquaintances and associates. To learn more about the career and achievements of this dynamic personality, scroll further.
Childhood & Early Life
Sarah was born in Beaconsfield, to Pauline, a teacher and Iain, a Scotsman, who was employed in the publishing company, Longman. Her early childhood was spent in Fife and Tanzania and later she shifted with her mother and her stepfather to North London. She has two younger brothers Sean and Bruce.
She studied at the Acland Burghley School and Camden School for Girls and then enrolled to the University of Bristol, where she obtained her degree in psychology.
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Sarah started her career working as a PR executive for Wolff Olins, a brand consultancy firm. When she was 30, in collaboration with a friend from school she established her own PR firm, ‘Hobsbawm Macaulay’.
In 2001, she took a break from her career and left the firm to concentrate on raising a family.
In 2002, she founded the international children’s charity, ‘PiggyBankKids’ which mobilises funds to support research into problems that arise during pregnancy. This organization works in partnership with charities, such as Chance UK, Clic Sargent, Demelza House, Place2Be, etc., to work on several projects.
In support of the various works done by the ‘Special Olympics Great Britain’, she helped publish and edit ‘Journey To The Sea’, a collection of new fiction travel, in 2005.
In 2012, she co-founded the ‘Global Business Coalition for Education’, an organization that brings together global corporate leaders to take an active part in the education of children.
In September 2012, Sarah joined the Qatari-owned ‘Harrods Group (Holding) Limited’ as the Non-Executive Director in charge of Corporate Social Responsibility.
She is the patron of several charity organizations currently including, ‘Maggie Cancer Care Centre’, ‘SHINE’, ‘Women’s Aid’, ‘Wellbeing of Women’, and ‘White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood’.
She is also the co-founder of ‘A World At School’, an on-going initiative that aims to provide educational opportunities to children. It is active in several countries.
In 2011, she published a memoir on her experiences at 10 Downing Street, entitled ‘Behind the Black Door’. Although the book was panned by critics, readers found the humorous anecdotes and simple story quite compelling.
Awards & Achievements
In recognition of her leadership and humanitarian efforts, she received the ‘Vision and Impact Award’ from The Global Coalition for Health.
For her efforts to fund research related to pregnancy and pre-natal risks, she has been recognized by the ‘International Federation of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ and has received an ‘Honorary Fellowship’ from ‘Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’.
Personal Life & Legacy
Although she was acquainted with Gordon Brown through their brief encounters at Labour events, it wasn’t until a trip in 1994, that their romance blossomed. After six years of seeing each other, they got married in a quiet private ceremony on August 3, 2000.
In 2002, she lost her firstborn daughter, Jennifer Brown, who died 10 days after birth.
She has two children with Gordon Brown; John, who was born on 17th of October, 2003 and James Fraser, who was born on 17th July, 2006.
In November of 2006, her son, James Fraser was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.
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