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Sarah Makinde, Founder & Director


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, using 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, Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness have proven to get business and life changing results! 


I founded Eight as a result of the decision to bring together all my knowledge, expertise and passion to deliver high quality products and services both at a personal and professional level. 


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! 

A life long passion in learning and development, along with a desire to teach other people accredited and professional training, has led to the growth of the Eight Academy. A place where people can get on, both professionally and personally. 

What people have said they value most about working with me is my strategic mind and my 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 at all levels. 


  • Chartership in Occupational Psychology (under supervision) current - completing in 2022 

  • Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy Diploma  current - completing in 2022

  • Mindfulness Teacher Training MBSR and MBCT

  • Qualification in Resilience and Stress Reduction 

  • NLP Accredited Diploma and Practitioner 

  • ACCT Accredited Certificate in Coaching Training 

  • Strengthscope Master Practitioner (Core, Leadership and Team)

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

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

  • Mental Health First Aider: Understanding Heath Improvements (Level 2 QCA - Royal Society Public Health)

  • 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)

  • Associate Fellow of HEA 

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

  • Fellow of the Association for Business Psychology 


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