Sarah Pickup is the Deputy Chief Executive of the Local Government Association (LGA). Sarah previously worked for Hertfordshire County Council as Deputy Chief Executive with responsibility for corporate services as well as being the county’s chief finance officer. Until her appointment to this role in May 2013, Sarah was Director of Health & Community Services in Hertfordshire and she had held this role since 2003. Sarah is on the board of Hightown Housing Association, an independent member of the Home Office Adult and Risk Assurance Committee and a Trustee of a local arts centre. She was president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) in 2012/13, and prior to this fulfilled a number of roles for the association. In 2014 she was awarded an OBE for services to social care. Sarah graduated from Sussex University with a degree in Economics and is a member of CIPFA.