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CLEAN chief people officer wins Women in Business award

Posted on 17-Oct-2018

Our chief people officer Sarah Cooper has won a top award at the Women in Business Awards in recognition of her work to improve the role of women in the workplace.

CLEAN chief people officer wins Women in Business award

Sarah, a key member of the board, was named Board Level & Senior Executive of the Year at the Women in Business Awards at Oakley Hall, Basingstoke.

Since joining CLEAN as HR director nine years ago, Sarah has championed a diverse workforce, boosting the number of women working in production to 50% and increasing female line managers and team leaders to 40%.

Her analysis of the results of CLEAN’s Gender Pay Gap Report resulted in further changes in recruitment and has led to the company – the first in the sector to publish a report – to hire its first apprentice female engineer.

Sarah’s other achievements include driving CLEAN’s health and safety initiatives, improving employee recognition with new award initiatives and chairing a trailblazer apprenticeship to create an education and career pathway to support more females entering the industry.

CLEAN CEO Jason Miller said: “Sarah is a valuable asset to CLEAN’s senior leadership team who all work tirelessly to ensure CLEAN remains the UK’s leading laundry company providing professional linen and workwear rental services. She is highly-deserving of this award and we are incredibly proud of her achievements.”

The Board Level & Senior Executive of the Year award is open to women at board or senior executive level who have not only achieved personally in their organisation but have made a significant difference to the role of women in business within and/or outside their organisation over the past 12 months.

The winner had to demonstrate their attitude and commitment to developing, mentoring and promoting other women in their roles in business and prove how they had championed change in their business to support gender diversity and gender equality.

Sarah joined CLEAN in 2009 from Premier Foods where she was head of HR. After working as HR director at CLEAN for four years she moved to chief operating officer, before becoming chief people officer in 2015.


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Winner of The Green Apple Bronze Award in 2017 for Environmental Best Practice Service Industries category for our project 'Developing a Super-laundry'. Winner of ‘Most Innovative Company’ 2017 at the Laundry And Drycleaning Awards (LADAs) recognising companies, individuals, services and products that showcase a new level of customer service and professionalism within the industry. Awarded the ‘Sustainable Supplier’ title at the 2017 Footprint Awards; recognising organisations at every stage in the food supply chain from growers, producers, manufacturers and distributors, through to all hospitality and foodservice operators in both public and private sectors, their suppliers and other stakeholders. CLEAN has joined the list of inspirational British companies to feature as a 2016 finalist in the Amazon Growing Business Awards 2016: shortlist in the 'Company of the Year – Larger Firm category'. Winner of ‘Commercial Laundry of the Year’ 2016 at the Laundry And Drycleaning Awards (LADAs) recognising companies, individuals, services and products that showcase a new level of customer service and professionalism within the industry. Winner of The Green Apple Gold Award in 2015 for Environmental Best Practice for our Environmental Improvement project 'Eco-friendly laundry services focused on creating sustainability'. RoSPA Gold Merit Award (achieving Gold Standard for a 5th consecutive year). Recognised internationally, the RoSPA Awards have become one of the most sought after accolades for many organisations from every industry sector.