Joint Managing Directors
James & Tim Sarah
James and Tim have been involved in business for 30 years and live and breathe the values of strong relationships, high quality solutions and long term sustainability. They strive to ensure that Sarah is a great place to work and forge a career.
James has formal qualifications in building and holds an MBA. He is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.
He has been the President of the Australian Institute of Building and the Property Council, of which he is an Honorary Life Member.
Tim is a Chartered Accountant with an Economics Degree and an MBA.
Both James and Tim are Fellows of the Institute of Company Directors, and are professional directors with roles on various external boards.
Chief Operating Officer
Matthew Woodrow is employed by the SARAH Group, currently holding dual executive leadership positions as Chief Operating Officer for SARAH Group Holdings, and Chief Financial Officer for SARAH Constructions.
The SARAH Group currently comprises four separate operating business units covering; corporate services (SARAH Group Holdings), commercial contracting (SARAH Constructions), residential construction (Longridge Group) and diversified plumbing services (Hindmarsh Plumbing), in addition to over 100 passive investment entities. With turnover in excess of $500m, gross assets under management of over $250m and directly employed staff of approximately 400, it is a significant South Australian headquartered enterprise.
In Matt’s current COO role, he is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the Corporate Services business and the Group’s overall internal operations, including; shared services, accounting, procure-to-pay, internal & external audit, risk, information technology, treasury and investments, and human resources. Matt is also company secretary and co-ordinates all activities of the Group board.
As CFO of Sarah Constructions, Matt is responsible for business and project performance, financial planning & analysis, management reporting, contract structuring and compliance, dispute resolution, operating assets, supply chain management and major project bid support.
Matt has a broad set of formal qualifications, including a Master of Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accounting and a Bachelor of Commerce. Furthermore, Matt is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course and has undertaken various relevant subjects within the Construction Law Master’s at Melbourne University, to strengthen his acumen. Matt has also attended the Harvard Business School in Boston, completing a course on Leading and Building a Culture of Innovation, to broaden and enhance his ongoing professional learning.
Matt rounds out his executive experience through his directorship and consultancy engagements, including at present a role on the board of the Real Estate Institute of SA, in addition to his advisory appointments with residential builder/developer, Creative Structures, and commercial subcontractor, TPR Electrical.
In 2019 Matt was recognised for his contribution to the property and construction industry, being named 2019 Young Property Professional of the Year (SA). In the same year Matt was also shortlisted as a finalist for the 2019 Future Leader of the Year (Australia).
Governance and Risk Management Advisor to the Board
Kim is a Partner with PwC and has over 34 years professional experience. Kim provides independent and objective advice to the Advisory Board on governance and risk management. He is a Fellow with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a Fellow with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Board Advisor to Sarah Group
Julie Cooper is a Board Advisor to Sarah Group, and has an extensive international career as a non-executive director, chief executive, and management consultant. Julie has worked globally as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, where she supported clients in the Health, Retail, and Oil and Gas sectors throughout Australia, UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Prior to this, she held operational roles in the Brewing, Banking, and Defence Technology Sectors, including 12 years in senior management positions with BAE Systems.
Julie is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Adelaide Crows Foundation. She is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Australia’s pre-eminent privately-owned engineering services and technology solutions Company, Nova Group, and the trusted member-based financial institution, Credit Union SA. She was also a Founding Board member of the national SmartSat Co-operative Research Centre.