Sarah Willingham

Former Manager of Pizza Express & Planet Hollywood, Former Dragon on Dragons’ Den

  • Owner of The Bombay Bicycle Club
  • Co-founder of Neutrahealth & the London Cocktail Club
  • Chair of Tonkotsu
  • Investor in Secret Spa, Credit Kudos, Bubble & Feast It
  • Named in The Sunday Times 35 Most Successful Women Under 35 list & in the Courvoisier Top 500 list

Sarah Willingham is a successful businesswoman, who formerly managed Pizza Express and Planet Hollywood and owned The Bombay Bicycle Club. Having also shared her business expertise as a Dragon on Dragons’ Den, Sarah is now booked as a female motivational speaker to inspire other women to follow in her entrepreneurial footsteps.

Sarah has long been interested in the restaurant and food industry, having started her career working in restaurants aged just 13. In 1996, Sarah moved into management and spearheaded the international expansion of chains Pizza Express and Planet Hollywood. From that point on, Sarah has managed countless successful business including the UK’s largest and most successful Indian food chain, The Bombay Bicycle Club. She is also known for being the co-founder of the London Cocktail Club and Neutrahealth.

Other prominent roles include being the Chair of Tonkotsu, an investor in Secret Spa, Feast It, Credit Kudos and Bubbles and a judge on BBC 2’s The Restaurant. Sarah is also a passionate charity supporter, in particular those who support poverty-stricken people and children. She established the #feed500 campaign to raise awareness of poverty close to home in the UK and has avidly supported ActionAid, Save the Children and The Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Named in the Courvoisier Top 500 and as Entrepreneur of the Year by Business Weekly, Sarah is now booked as a female motivational speaker. Having forged a highly successful career as a business manager, founder and owner, Sarah is a role model for other female entrepreneurs and is often seen on the likes of This Morning, Daybreak, Sky News and The Wright Stuff. Having also been named as one of the 500 Most Influential People in Britain, Sarah Willingham is a fantastic choice as a female motivational speaker- inspiring audiences with her stories of business success.

Official Testimonials

Sarah Willingham is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:

“Sarah was a great speaker, her talk was both inspiring and funny and she really engaged with the audience”

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