RSK Director, Sarah Mogford, makes Lockdown Leader shortlist

March 09, 2021

RSK Environment and Planning Divisional Director, Sarah Mogford, has been shortlisted for the ‘Lockdown Leader’ category at the National Business Women’s Awards 2021.

Sarah is just one of RSK’s senior leadership team who has recognised the importance of mental health during the pandemic and made an extra effort to go above and beyond to ensure the well-being of her team.

Sarah Mogford

“Sarah has had the challenging job of managing over 400 people within her division throughout the pandemic,” commented RSK Group Finance Director, Abigail Draper, who nominated Sarah for the award. “Her good humour and compassion have kept the team positive during this difficult time.”

“Despite the circumstances, my instinct was that we needed to feel connected and part of a team,” said Sarah. “For me, humour is important even in moments of stress so we encouraged some laughter. For a while we all wore silly hats on our leadership Teams call – which helped raise a smile.  They do say that laughter is the best medicine”.

Sarah has also maintained regular contact with her team to ensure colleagues recognise they are not on their own, and that they can reach out if they are struggling.

“Regular emails from our CEO Alan Ryder and I gave an overview of how the business was adapting – mine also provided an opportunity to share some of the domestic chaos that ensues in my house when you have a family living and working in the same four walls. Of course, some people needed additional support, but I hoped at a minimum that they knew they could get in touch”.

The National Business Women’s Awards aim to raise the profile of industrious, hardworking and enterprising Business Women nationally. The final will take place on 29 October at the Copthorne Tara Hotel in Kensington, London, UK.

Organisers explained the Lockdown Leader category: “Being a leader of people and an organisation is a difficult task at any time but steering a ship through a COVID storm requires someone to take charge, make decisions and provide clear direction. This award will go to someone who has kept his/her team motivated and informed despite everyone working from home, someone who has continued to inspire and show passion and optimism in exceptionally difficult circumstances.”

We wish Sarah the best of luck at the final in October.