Staff profile

Dr Sarah Digby

Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Management

Dr Sarah Digby


Human Resource Management


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Derby Business School


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



Prior to entering the education sector, I built a strong industry experience in human resources management and leadership development. In education, I have experience working within further education, higher education and apprenticeship sectors and have also held management roles in this capacity.

I am passionate about and specialise in the subject areas of leadership and management. I firmly assert that mastering your individual leadership potential  (and bringing this out in others) is a journey of self discovery, which doesn't just take place within the classroom. As a pioneer of your own future, navigation of this journey requires tenacity, courage, agility and, like me, a natural spirit for adventure.  

Teaching responsibilities

I am Programme Leader for the Level 7 Senior Leader apprenticeship, which incorporates the MSc in Strategic Leadership. I am also a module lead and subject lecturer in the areas of leadership development and management.

Professional interests

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies


Experience in industry

I hold over a decade of experience within human resource management and leadership training and development, including within an international sales and marketing recruitment specialist, an international contract catering organisation and a global professional consultancy.   

International experience

I have held a leading role in several international and collaborative research projects, including a project which focused on transforming the leadership approach of university executive boards from ex-Russian federation institutions into modern higher education institutions. My PhD thesis explored freedoms and constraints within education in an emerging economic region.

Additional interests and activities

I actively supported an education charity which works within South Western Uganda. This charity seeks to provide a safe and successful learning environment for the children of a rural agrarian community.