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Sarah Makinde, Founder & Director


Not living my true potential, dealing with high levels of stress and anxiety and thinking I had to be someone else to become successful has driven me to help others who feel the same. I am speaking from experience when I say that it is possible to be successful being the best version of you!


After working in various businesses at a senior level and leading several transformational projects over the last 20 years, I took the decision to start a business that gives back to others on a bigger scale. 

My passion is working with people to help them and their teams be at their best. I use an innovative approach to get the best results. I have extensive knowledge and business experience and this combined with techniques such as NLP, Strengths Coaching, Psychology, and Mindfulness have proven to get life changing results! 


I founded Eight as a result of this personal transformation and decision to bring together all my knowledge, expertise and passion to deliver high quality products and services to individuals and businesses eager to be at their best.


My superpower is the way I work with people to ask the right questions and build a strong rapport; ensuring that I get to the root of the issue. I enjoy producing robust solutions that add value and improve the wellbeing of others in a big way! 

Feedback has told us that what people value most about working with me is my strategic mind with a results focused attitude, combined with an exceptional work ethic. I am down to earth and adaptable,  while also speaking the same language as the business and the people within it.


  • Chartership in Occupational Psychology (under supervision) current - completing in 2021 

  • Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy Diploma  current - completing in 2021 

  • Mindfulness Teacher Training MBSR and MBCT

  • NLP Accredited Diploma and Practitioner 

  • ACCT Accredited Certificate in Coaching Training 

  • Strengthscope (Leadership) Accredited Practitioner

  • The Institute of Leadership and Management (NCFE) Professional Award in Advanced Training the Trainer

  • First Class MA Human Resource Management (University of Hertfordshire)

  • Understanding Heath Improvements (Level 2 QCA - Royal Society Public Health)

  • Strengthscope (Core) Accredited Practitioner

  • Level A and B Qualification in Psychometric Testing (Hogan’s Personality Inventory)

  • MSc Occupational Psychology (University of Hertfordshire)

  • BSc Psychology (University of Bedfordshire)


  • 2017 – Winner of the University Prize for Health and Well-being Diagnostic Business Project

Professional Memberships:

  • Member of British Psychological Society (BPS)

  • Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD)

  • Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)


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