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27 August 2021

Sara Wood appointed as Board Counsellor

Sara Wood has been appointed as a Board Counsellor for The Crown Estate with effect from 1 July 2021.

Portrait shot of Sara Wood

Sara has over 25 years’ experience creating and scaling industry-transforming technology products, and has worked with businesses across all growth stages.

Most recently, Sara has led Kaluza (an OVO company), an intelligent energy platform which helps to optimise power usage by using artificial intelligence. Prior to Kaluza, Sara was EVP at Farfetch, a global platform for luxury fashion, where she helped lead the company to a $9 billion IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. Before that, Sara was Vice President of Production Management at Gap Inc.

Robin Budenberg, Chairman of The Crown Estate said: “I am delighted to welcome Sara to our Board. As a technology and innovation leader, Sara’s standout track-record and expertise will be invaluable as we pursue our digital ambition in building out our business-wide strategy.”

Sara Wood added: “I’m excited to have joined The Crown Estate at this important point in its evolution, as the business begins to deliver its new strategy. I am looking forward to working closely with the Board and leadership team, sharing my knowledge and experience, particularly in support of digital transformation and growth.”

Amongst many advisory roles in the start-up world, Sara recently served as Chief Product Advisor for the UK Government and is a member of an Ernst & Young innovation advisory board. She has wide-reaching non-executive and advisory experience ranging from Slack, Gates Foundation, the United Nations, WHO, Fastly, Kayak, E&Y, and the UK Government.

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