Sara was awarded the 2016 New Zealand Procurement Leader of the Year by the Procurement Excellence Forum for her role as General Manager of Procurement at Auckland Council. Sara is now the Head of Financial Transformation at Council which is the largest council in Australasia, with a $3 billion annual budget, $29 billion of ratepayer equity, and approximately 8,000 staff. Prior to this role Sara was the General Manager of Commercial Services at the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) in New Zealand. MBIE is the agency responsible for New Zealand’s economic development and comprises a broad range of functions including immigration, infrastructure and resource management, science, skills and innovation, labour and commercial environments and market services. Before this Sara has had 14 years’ experience in both public and private sector procurement and commercial roles including heading the Corporate Procurement and Property function at the Accident Compensation Corporation and running the Wellington Regional branch of New Era IT, a company that provides complete ICT solutions to the education sector.