Sarah Callander Beckett
Born in London and brought up in Cheshire, I was educated in England and Italy and have lived and worked in the Far East and North America.
From 1979-1990, I was Director of Public Relations for Laura Ashley in North America, eventually returning to the UK as International Director of PR.
Since 1992, when I inherited Combermere, I have directed my extensive business experience to the restoration, renaissance and marketing of Combermere Estate near Nantwich in South Cheshire. This has involved the planning and repair of several listed buildings which are integrated into the overall business at Combermere. In 2007 the restoration of the Walled Gardens and the Victorian Glasshouse was completed, and this now houses a weddings and events business. More recently, I have been concentrating on the restoration of the derelict North Wing of Combermere Abbey, a project which won several awards in 2016 – HHA/Sotheby’s Restoration Award and the Georgian Group Restoration Award 2016.
In addition, I am actively involved in promoting tourism and rural enterprises both at a county and national level. My involvement with leading marketing and tourism grant bodies over the past 20+ years is ongoing.
I am an active and involved member of the Historic Houses Association, currently Chairman of the NW Area and joining the Board of Directors in 2016. I am also actively involved in the CLA : (Country Land and Business Association), serving on the Council and Policy Committee, as well as a stint as Board Director from 2008 – 2014
I am a Director of Heronwood Trading Partnership, set up in 2008 with my husband, to develop rural business opportunities in redundant agricultural buildings, using traditional methods and environmentally appropriate products, to maximize energy efficiency and cost effectiveness.
I am also founder of Burn Callander, a PR consultancy which was created in 1978 and handles projects in a variety of PR fields- design, tourism and the environment.
I am married to Peter Beckett and have a son.
During my year of Office as High Sheriff, Sarah will be supporting the Cheshire Community Foundation and Crimebeat and will also have a particular focus on Tourism and the Visitor Economy in Cheshire.
Combermere Abbey, Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13 4AJ
Tel: 07808 587860
PA Heather Linney 01948 662880