Sally Varah MBE DL


Sally Varah trained as a national features and fashion journalist with Thomson Newspapers, before launching her own copywriting and communications business. She has worked with national and international companies, graphic designers and advertising agencies.

In 2008, following the sudden death of her husband, Michael Varah (former Surrey Chief Probation Officer and Trustee of Transform), she took over the role of High Sheriff of Surrey in his place. This confirmed her commitment to the power of restorative interventions across communities, and connected her with a series of charities linked to this work. Since then she has been a Trustee, Patron or Adviser to charities working to support the vulnerable and marginalised in our society – including three years as a Trustee of Transform. She chairs the Michael Varah Memorial Fund, set up after Michael’s death. It works to give individuals, who have been affected by crime in different ways, opportunities to rebuild and transform their lives.

Sally became a Patron in 2018.