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Sarah Mistry has been CEO of the British Geriatrics Society (BGS) since January 2019. The BGS has over 3,800 members including doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and researchers all working to improve healthcare for older people.
Before joining the BGS, Sarah was Director of Effectiveness and Learning and later, Director of Programmes and Partnerships at Bond, the UK network of NGOs working in international development. Sarah led a major four-year programme, funded by the Department for International Development, designed to improve the effectiveness of civil society organisations and to help them adapt their strategy to respond to changing needs and achieve greater impact. The programme made a lasting contribution to strengthening civil society and the Bond network. Sarah led the process of developing Bond’s Strategy 2016-21.
She is an expert facilitator, supporting partnership working and joint policy initiatives which bring together government, the private sector, funders, academics and civil society. Sarah has represented the UK NGO network at many global fora and led Bond’s coordination of the NGO sector’s safeguarding response. She has held management and evaluation roles at the Big Lottery Fund, VSO and the British Council. She is on the board of the Scottish Power Foundation, a grantmaking body, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce.