Sarah Carey

Sarah Carey

Columnist and Broadcaster

why book sarah?

  • A renowned columnist and broadcaster, excels as a chair, MC, panel host, and facilitator for conferences, corporate events, and workshops
  • An authoritative and charming chair, she can keep conversations moving along but make sure all key points are explored
  • Her intellectual curiosity ensures lively and engaging events, whether discussing technology, energy, economics, or the business of media and culture
Sarah Carey


Sarah Carey is a well known columnist and broadcaster. She’s written for major broadsheets from The Irish Times to The Daily Telegraph on everything from economics to politics, technology and media and is a highly experienced radio and television presenter. A thorough researcher of big subjects with an open mind, Sarah is highly regarded for her professionalism and warmth.

Whatever your subject – be it technology, energy, economics or the business of media and culture, Sarah will bring a lively intellectual curiosity to the proceedings, putting other guests at ease and making sure your audience will be entertained and engaged in your event.

An authoritative and charming chair, she can keep conversations moving along but make sure all key points are explored. Acutely sensitive to the moods of an audience she’ll make sure your event stays on track. Sarah is popular in academia, politics and business and of course, with general audiences who love her personal insights, and open manner.

Sarah Carey

Sarah also has extensive experience chairing and facilitating internal corporate workshops, putting staff and management at ease, creating a frank but good humoured conversation. Highly regarded for her thorough preparation and insight, Sarah bonds quickly with clients and helps them air and address issues and is expert in encouraging a Speak-Up environment allowing everyone to talk in a safe and warm atmosphere.


Behavioural economics

Management and leadership

Business failure and success

Women’s health and careers, feminism and culture

National and international politics

Media, technology and futurism

Rural Ireland: religion, church and the state

Energy: old versus new

Sarah Carey


“The feedback from attendees has been really positive, with anyone mentioning you very complimentary. Quotes in the post-conference survey we did include “Really excellent MC who asked probing questions based on the content of the speakers” and ” Sarah Carey was an excellent chair”.”

Seán O’Leary, Senior Planner, Irish Planning Institute

“We were hugely impressed with Sarah’s performance in chairing the main panel discussion at our Annual Conference. She was thoroughly prepared and clearly understood the main challenges facing our industry. Her direct style of questioning and good humoured engagement with the other panellists made the session one of the highlights of our conference.”

Justin Moran, Director of External Affairs, Wind Energy Ireland

“We were delighted to have secured Sarah as our MC at our Property Industry Ireland conference. Sarah brought great energy, wit and fun to the event. The conference was focused on housing and it was evident in the preparation and during the event of Sarah’s preparedness and awareness of the issues of the day. We are very hopeful of working with Sarah again for future conferences and would have no hesitation in recommending her for other events.”

Ivan Gaine, Chairperson of Property Industry Ireland/Managing Director, Sherry FitzGerald New Homes.

“Sarah was easy to work with and was very impressive on the day; she had clearly done her research into our company and our industry.  She was professional and engaging.  After the event, many of our guests commented on Sarah’s positive contribution to the day’s agenda.  I highly recommend Sarah and we will call on her services for future events.”

Paul Ryan, CEO AuxiliaGroup

“Our experience was that Sarah was excellent to work with, delivering a professional service. She took the time to ensure she understood our requirements, meeting before the event with our CEO to understand the key objectives for the event and worked collaboratively with us to ensure they were achieved. She spent time speaking to the individual panellists beforehand and attended the venue the day before to work through the logistics with the audio visual and events team. It was also obvious that she was very familiar with the subject matter of housing and had carried out research for the event. All this preparation ensured a successful conference and Sarah delivered a professional experience for our event speakers and attendees.”

Roslyn Molloy, The Housing Agency

“Sarah Carey deftly facilitated a Masterclass on the challenges facing mega project management, exploring the behavioural science behind successful leadership of projects. Sarah combined her own knowledge of behavioural economics with thorough preparation for the event. Her challenging and inclusive approach, always professional, ensured that maximum value was gained for the client over the day . This was evidenced by the level of interaction of a panel of world’s experts in mega project management with a very experienced cohort of practitioners. The response from participants and the expert panel afterwards was overwhelmingly positive.”

Michael Nolan, CEO, Transport Infrastructure Ireland

“The IBCB recently engaged Sarah to facilitate regional workshops with staff from across our 5 member banks. Sarah’s expert facilitation greatly contributed to the success of the sessions – her interpersonal skills and humour helped ensure active participation from all attendees, while also very much adding to their enjoyment of the sessions. Sarah also invested significant time in preparing for the sessions to ensure she was well informed on our work and objectives which allowed her to present as ‘one of the team’ on the day – which ensured seamless transitions between speakers. I would highly recommend Sarah’s facilitation skills and look forward to working with her again in the future.”

Marion Kelly, CEO, Irish Banking Culture Board

“The programme consisted one-to-one interviews, individual presentations, and three panel debates. Sarah excelled at managing all formats and many delegates remarked at her subject knowledge, ability to link speakers and concepts, and to put panellists at ease – all while time-keeping to perfection. From the point of view of those of us working on the event including briefing Sarah, she was a pleasure to work with: conscientious, good-humoured and a real team-player.”

Martina Byrne PRII

“We were very happy with Sarah’s contribution to the overall success of the Seminar. In advance she showed a real interest in the topics and called in to us to identify our ideas as to how the day itself and the discussions should be moderated. In terms of the Seminar itself Sarah was an engaging presenter and played a central role in sparking what were very interesting and lively panel discussions. We would be very happy to recommend Sarah for any similar event.”

Liam Kelly, Work Place Relations

“Sarah Carey spoke at a DPER conference on contemporary politics, society and economics and made a very strong impression.  Sarah is an articulate, witty and engaging speaker with an unrivalled mix of experience as a presenter, broadcaster and commentator.  We hope to have Sarah back for our 2018 conference both as a Chair and contributor.  We would highly recommend her for high profile and demanding speaking and chairing engagements.”

Robert Watt, Secretary General, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Ireland

“Sarah was the hit of the First Startup Wake with her highly entertaining insights into life at a fast growing but doomed Tech Company. Having been interviewed by her many times I know she has great abilities to expound on and explain Tech issues in a way that brings them alive for any audience”

Paul Hayes, Beachhut PR and Flounders

“We had the pleasure of Sarah’s company at a recent large event to celebrate International Midwives week. Sarah chaired a national Student Midwife Debate where students and midwifery professionals from across the country participated. Despite the somewhat esoteric topic, Sarah’s ability to immediately set the scene and draw in the audience was evident, her style is very engaging and witty. She managed the event superbly, balancing the opportunities for each person to contribute, with the appropriate engagement from the audience. Her capacity to sum up the topic was impressive and the feedback from our guests included comments that Sarah’s chairing skills and warm personality enhanced the success of the event.”

Mary Brosnan, Director of Midwifery and Nursing, Adjunct Assoiciate Professor, University College Dublin 

“Sarah Carey interviewed me onstage at the WebSummit in 2014 and was very thoughtful and prepared. She figured out what was unique about the panel from WebSummit’s perspective. Worked with PR and Communication at Google to figure out the areas of my expertise and worked on a possible set of questions so that I was accordingly prepared […] She is an engaging interviewer and we all had a great time getting to know her.”

Dr. Anna Patterson, Vice President of Engineering, Google Inc., Founder and Managing Partner Gradient Ventures

“We recently asked Sarah to curate a panel discussion involving senior policy makers and economic experts on banking and Ireland’s economic future prospects in front an audience that included a banks global board and international investors. Sarah oversaw and contributed to a hugely insightful, very entertaining and highly successful discussion. Sarah’s deep insight and knowledge combined with a lightness of touch make her one of the best communicators currently working in this sphere.”

Feargal Purcell, Former Government Press Secretary