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Ian Sarson (Chair)

Ian Sarson

Chair of the SBS Advisory Board

Executive Coach/ Chairman and Board Advisor

Ian Sarson is principal Executive and Team Coach at Empower U Coaching Ltd. He is the Chairman of several organisations and is an advisor to organisations looking to invest in the Hospitality Sector. 

Prior to establishing Empower U Coaching, Ian had a successful 35 year career in the Hospitality Industry which included periods as Managing Director for the UK and Ireland and Northern Europe for Compass Group PLC and Managing Director for Sodexo in Hong Kong and China.

Ian is passionate about people and is delighted to use his experience and academic understanding of the field of coaching to help people and teams achieve their full potential.

Ian is a trustee of Hospitality Action, the Hospitality Industry’s Benevolent Association, which offers assistance to all who work or have worked in the hospitality industry and find themselves in crisis.

Ian is a Visiting Fellow and Honorary Doctor of SHU and has been Chair of the Advisory Board since it was formed.

Ian is also:

  • An Honorary Doctor of the University of West London
  • A Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
  • A Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality
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