Sarah Atkinson

Chief Executive Officer, The Social Mobility Foundation

Sarah Atkinson is Chief Executive of the Social Mobility Foundation, a UK charity working with and for young people with high potential who face barriers because of their socioeconomic background. The SMF runs programmes for young people aged 16-25 to help them build their knowledge, confidence and networks, works to inform and mobilise employers around social mobility including through the Social Mobility Index, and campaigns and advocates for action on social mobility.

Sarah has been CEO of the charity since January 2020. Before joining the Foundation she was director of strategy and policy at the Charity Commission, having built her career in communications and public policy. She is a board member of Endometriosis UK and a volunteer mentor for the Leaders Plus fellowship, and was a member of the recent City of London taskforce on socioeconomic diversity in financial and professional services.