Sarah Wood


BA (Hons), MPhil


Sarah is a Consultant at PlanB Consulting, where she manages a range of projects within the private and public sectors, including the regular delivery of Crisis Management training and exercises. Her keen interest and experience in the role of technology within risk and incident management makes her the ideal Consultant to develop and deliver specialist exercises with Information and IT Security implications for our clients. Recently, she acted as Simulation Cell Coordinator for a cyber-attack exercise for Scottish Enterprise, Scotland’s primary economic development agency.

Before joining PlanB Consulting, Sarah was a Global Security Consultant within the European Headquarters of Apple. In this role, Sarah was responsible for analysing global events and confidential intelligence briefings, as well as researching safety concerns for employees worldwide. Her findings were routinely delivered to senior-level audiences at presentations, raising awareness of identified issues and ensuring swift and effective action was taken.

Sarah also served as project lead for the development of crisis management education training for all Apple employees internationally. This opportunity allowed her to interact with a variety of senior audiences across the security sector; she was directly managed and mentored by the previous Global Head of Intelligence, Investigations and Physical Security at the Royal Bank of Scotland. Sarah’s recommendations regarding crisis management training were accepted by the Apple Headquarters in California and subsequently rolled out globally.

Sarah has a decorated academic background in Criminology: following her undergraduate studies at the University of Durham, she won the Isaac Newton/Murray Edwards scholarship, allowing her to pursue a postgraduate degree at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. Her academic research - centred on investigating technology in prisons, exploring risk assessment, security protocols and the relationship to Information Communications Technologies - was approved by an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice.

Outside of work, Sarah is a keen street photographer, with some of her portfolio recently making the shortlist for an upcoming exhibition in New York. You can see some of her work on her Instagram here. She also frequently attends comedy and music gigs.

Qualifications and Certifications:

  • MPhil Criminology - University of Cambridge
  • BA (Hons) Criminology - University of Durham
  • CBCI with Merit