Sarah Hetherington

Director of Legal & Finance

Sarah is AlphaPlus’ Director of Legal and Finance. She joined AlphaPlus as Financial Controller in 2017 and became part of the Board in May 2021. Following the acquisition of AlphaPlus by AQA, Sarah was appointed to the Statutory Board of AlphaPlus. She has overall responsibility for all financial and management accounting within the company. In addition, she reviews all contracts and works with clients directly and together with the Director of Sales to agree on final versions. Sarah has over 25 years of experience as an academic copy editor and has used this experience directly on projects for AlphaPlus. Sarah is an FCA with the ICAEW. 

After graduating from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Classics, Sarah joined Coopers & Lybrand in Manchester and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW in 1992. After qualification, she specialised in public sector audit in Cambridge and Belfast and then further management roles in the public and charity sectors, including as GP fund manager and School Bursar. She is currently Company Secretary for an actuarial firm in Salford, as well as acting as an independent examiner for several charities. She also taught part-time at Queen’s University Belfast from 2013 to 2016.