Our Directors

Director of Business Development & Director of Marketing Operations

Sarah Downs

Director of Business Development

Sarah is a trusted advisor to her clients and an experienced business development specialist. She understands the importance of strong relationships, which has driven her successful career to date.

Having previously worked in Trauma Orthopaedic Nursing, Sarah is no stranger to working under pressure. She is an excellent listener and has the ability to quickly build trusting relationships. It goes without saying that Sarah is passionate about people. She uses her experience to work with her clients in a caring, coaching manner. By creating a collaborative environment, she helps her clients achieve their business and personal goals.

Sarah has helped business owners to start up, grow and diversify their businesses in various sectors such as Oil & Gas, Offshore Renewables, Nuclear and Professional Services.

An avid networker herself, Sarah co-runs an Aberdeen-based networking group, Business Connect UK. She is an Associate of Chartered Management Institute and has been involved with a number of Third Sector boards as an advisor and non-exec director. Sarah is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

Yekemi Otaru

Director of Marketing Operations

Named one of 40 under 40 business innovators by Scottish Business News in 2016, Yekemi is a marketer with a Strategic-focus.

She works with start-ups, SMEs and large corporate organisations in the Software, IT, Engineering, Business Support, Recruitment and Oil & Gas sectors. She ran her own marketing consultancy for nearly 3 years and served over 20 clients in that time.

In September 2018, Yekemi joined the board at Interface, a public sector backed establishment helping Scottish businesses work more closely with academic institutions to drive innovative projects.

Yekemi has over 13 years of experience in petroleum engineering, technical sales and strategic marketing roles. Previous companies she has worked for include Schlumberger, GE Oil & Gas and Lloyd‘s Register. She is a best-selling author on social networks and holds an MBA (Distinction), a BEng and MSc (Distinction) in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering.

Apart from strategic marketing, Yekemi is passionate about supporting girls in STEM, mentoring business owners in the poorest countries, photography and creative writing.

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