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Sarah Hedley
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Global Product Manager for Microsoft Professional ProgrammeMicrosoft
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Journalist at Civil Service World

As reporter and web content manager, I was responsible for providing editorial content and delivering all Civil Service World’s commercial contracts.

Marketing Communications Manager at Microsoft

As a Marketing Communications Manager, I was responsible for coordinating cross-priority marketing campaign for both the Public Sector industries as well as cross-sector products.

UK Skills Lead at Microsoft

As UK National Skills Lead, I was responsible for creating and delivering Microsoft UK’s Digital Skills Programme, which offers online and in person digital skills courses for all ages and all stages of digital proficiency.

Global Product Manager for Microsoft Professional Programme

As Product Manager, I am responsible for managing the global Microsoft Professional Program (MPP) – a series of online learning and development MooCs aimed at facilitating careers in tech.

UK Digital Skills Lead for Microsoft as I was responsible for developing the first of a series of learning pathways and courses that are now helping everyone across the UK develop the skills they need. I love knowing that people up and down the country are benefitting from the programme I created.

I am a STEM skills leader with experience in the tech industry. I have spent the last few years working on developing learning pathways for young people with a particular focus on girls and young women.

Information technology IT / ICT

Always take the opportunity to develop further skills even if, at the time, the opportunity is offered it may not seem that relevant.

My Education
BSc in Politics in International Relations
University of Bath
English Language, Government and politics, Journalism, Philosophy
Hurstpierpoint College
More about me

Key skills required for my role include: Collaboration with other teams to ensure the smooth running of the programme; Organisational skills to keep on top of programme admin; Management skills to make key decisions.


I wouldn't do anything differently despite not staying in the journalism profession. The reason being that often opportunities pop up that take you in a completely different direction. Had I not taken the decision to move to Microsoft I would never have discovered my passion for STEM learning.

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