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For this month’s Spotlight feature, we speak to our Director of Quality and Standards Sarah Edmonds to find out more about her and her surprising taste in music.

Sarah Edmonds, Active IQ’s Director of Quality and Standards

Q. Tell us about your role at Active IQ, how long have you worked here and what you most enjoy?

A. I have worked here for exactly three years this month. I really enjoy working with a hardworking and committed team who share the view that all learners completing Active IQ qualifications should have the highest quality experience, from registration through an enriched learning experience to robust assessments.

Q. What advice can you give people who aspire to be where you are?

A. You need to be able to make tough decisions that are occasionally unpopular for some, but essential to make sure the highest standards are constantly maintained for the sake of the student, the profession and for compliance with key regulatory stakeholders (and therefore maintain public confidence in our qualifications).

Q. What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A. Margot Fonteyn! I was a very keen dancer from the age of three, particularly ballet. I eventually went away to a performing arts school, and was very lucky to have those enthusiastic supportive parents who made huge sacrifices to allow me to do this.

Q. Tell us something we would never guess about you?

A. I am a bit of a rock chick… my musical tastes are very broad, but the biggest surprise to others would be to see me head banging in the car to very loud music (current fave is the Slaves “The Hunter”).

Q. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

A. “This too will pass” when things seem tough; or from my violin teacher “don’t practise till you get it right, practise till it won’t go wrong”.

Q. Which exercise do you most enjoy?

A. Cycling – I bought a new roadie (a very nice Cannondale!) at the beginning of the year – I now need to get on it a bit more often!

Q. Any hidden talents?

A. No – I’m an open book! And now you all know about the dancing…

Q. How would people describe you in three words?

A. At work: passionate, committed and grammar-obsessed! At home: nagging (homework/messy bedrooms), embarrassing and busy!


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