Sarah Wootton is the chief executive of Dignity in Dying, one of the highest-profile political campaigns in the UK today, with over 25,000 supporters calling for greater choice and control at the end of life. Under her leadership, Dignity in Dying successfully challenged the legal system by winning the Debbie Purdy case, leading to the historic recognition that in certain circumstances people should not be prosecuted for helping a loved one to die. In 2012, Dignity in Dying helped secure unanimous backing from MPs for this policy.
Sarah has also established and is chief executive of Dignity in Dying’s partner charity, Compassion in Dying, which informs and empowers people around their existing end-of-life rights through free Advance Decisions, an Information Line and now, a Big Lottery-funded advocacy project. Previously, Sarah led campaigns at the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Family Planning Association, and was a founding trustee of Abortion Rights.