Sarah Jane Brown

Children's Education Advocate


Sarah Jane Brown  is the founder and president of Piggy Bank Kids, a children's charity. She was also a founding partner of Hobsbawm Macaulay Communications, a public relations company.

Born Sarah Jane Macaulay, Sarah spent her early childhood in Fife, before moving to Tanzania. When she was eight, her parents separated and she, along with her two younger brothers Sean and Bruce,went to live with their mother and stepfather in North London.

She was educated in North London at Acland Burghley School and Camden School for Girls, and went on to achieve a degree in psychology at the University of Bristol.

After leaving university, Sarah worked at the brand consultancy Wolff Olins. At the age of 30, she founded the public relations firm Hobsbawm Macaulay, in partnership with an old school friend, Julia Hobsbawm.

Sarah met Gordon Brown  1994 and they were married on 3 August 2000 in Brown's home town, North Queensferry, Fife.

In 2001, she left Hobsbawm Macaulay after finding out she was pregnant with her first child. On 28 December 2001 she gave birth prematurely to a daughter, Jennifer Jane, who died when she was only 10 days old.  In 2002 she founded the charity Piggy Bank Kids, which began as a research fund to tackle complications in pregnancy and has now expanded into a range of projects helping disadvantaged children.   Piggy Bank Kids also raises money for the Jennifer Brown Research Trust, established in honour of Sarah’s first child Jennifer Jane, who passed away after a premature birth.  The Jennifer Brown Research allows researchers at the to solve some of the most devastating pregnancy problems and find better ways to look after premature babies.  Sarah has also been the patron of domestic violence charity Women's Aid since 2004 and of Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres since 2007. She is a member of the High Level Panel for Global Education which aims to bring education to the fore of the global political agenda to achieve Education for All.

Sarah published a memoir of her role as the Prime Minister's Spouse, entitled Behind the Black Door through Ebury Press in 2011.

Interesting fact

  • Sarah has 1.2 Million Twitter followers.

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