CLEAN chief people officer Sarah Cooper has won a top award at the Women in Business Awards in recognition of her work to improve the role of women in the workplace. Sarah, a key member of Clean’s board, was named Board Level & Senior Executive of the Year at the Women in Business Awards at Oakley Hall, Basingstoke.

Since joining Clean as HR director nine years ago, Sarah has championed a diverse workforce, boosting the number of women working in production to 50% and increasing female line managers and team leaders to 40%. Her analysis of the results of Clean’s Gender Pay Gap Report resulted in further changes in recruitment and has led to the company – the first in the sector to publish a report – to hire its first apprentice female engineer.

Sarah’s other achievements include driving the company’s health and safety initiatives, improving employee recognition with new award initiatives and chairing a trailblazer apprenticeship to create an education and career pathway to support more females entering the industry.

Clean CEO Jason Miller said: “Sarah is a valuable asset to Clean’s senior leadership team who all work tirelessly to ensure Clean remains the UK’s leading laundry company providing professional linen and workwear rental services. She is highly-deserving of this award and we are incredibly proud of her achievements.”

Sarah joined Clean in 2009 from Premier Foods where she was head of HR. Working as HR director at Clean for four years, she moved to chief operating officer, before becoming chief people officer in 2015.

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