Sarah Dennis is a fundraising professional with a background in development and partnerships at national and international organizations in the charitable and commercial sectors. She is a member of Associazione Italiana Fundraiser and the UK’s  Chartered Institute of Fundraising.

During her degree at the University of Exeter, Sarah spent a year in Italy, where she fell under its spell. After graduating, she pursued a career as an opera singer, performing with companies including English National Opera.

Upon leaving the operatic world, Sarah worked for the late Duke of Edinburgh, fundraising and managing events for The International Award at Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace, and Windsor Castle. Following roles in investor relations at Lloyds Banking Group and in marketing at Bain & Company, Sarah returned to fundraising and became Director of Development for The Charleston Trust, a house museum, art gallery, and literary festival.

In 2020 Sarah realized her dream of returning to Italy. She rented out her London apartment, put her possessions into storage, and bought a one-way ticket to Rome, where she set up her own development consultancy.

Having grown up in Asia, Europe, Africa, and New Zealand, she has a deep appreciation for different cultures, customs, and languages. Sarah is a strong believer in the empowerment of women and the PWA’s purpose to be their voice across all industries in the professional community. Her membership in the PWA has enabled her to meet some extraordinary women and the spirit of the organization and its members continues to inspire her.

It would be a privilege for Sarah to contribute her passion and experience to serve on the PWA Board in the position of Partnerships Director and, if elected, she would dedicate her time to the stewardship and development of existing relationships with partners and to securing new supporters for events and campaigns.