Sharon has over 18 years of experience in learning and development, human resources and graduate recruitment. Sharon started her career working in the NHS, working with doctors and consultants on a range of projects which honed her training delivery, team and project management skills. She left seven years later to work as a trainer and consultant for Broadcasting Support Services, a national charity founded by the BBC (BSS). During her time at BSS, Sharon worked with the BBC, Channel 4 and LWT, as well as a range of well-known national and European companies and charities.
The last eight years of Sharon’s permanent working career were spent working with partners, lawyers and staff in two, city law firms; Nabarro Nathanson and Stephenson Harwood. Here Sharon set up a learning and development function from scratch, managed graduate recruitment and development and gained top level buy-in to a firm-wide development strategy, which she and her team subsequently implemented over six years. As head of graduate recruitment Sharon won an AGR award for her graduate recruitment campaign material.
Since then, Sharon has successfully completed an interim contract at a global, US law firm. There she developed a strategic approach to staff development whilst maintaining day-to-day operational activities. She produced the first staff development guide, refreshed the content for a global associate development programme held in Chicago, developed specifications for various management development programmes; including a modular, new partner development programme and supported an associate mentoring scheme. She then recruited the permanent team and managed their successful transition into the business.
This varied experience helps Sharon appreciate the importance of workplace culture and informs her flexible, pragmatic approach to working with clients across a range of sectors. Sharon’s recent interim and consultancy clients have included a national law firm, an energy management consultancy, an NHS trust, the Department of Health and an asset management firm.
Sharon has a track record of setting up and creating sustainable, highly valued training and development functions from scratch, managing change and helping organisations develop their people at all levels.
Extensive personal experience of managing people means Sharon understands the challenges of management; consequently she always takes a commercial pragmatic approach.
Sharon is particularly skilled in the areas of: organisational development, project management, coaching especially at a senior level during the transition into leadership roles, management development, graduate recruitment and development and learning and development.
Sharon holds chartered fellow status with the Institute of Personnel and Development and has an MA in Human Resources along with a number of other professional qualifications. Sharon is a qualified coach having completed an International Coach Federation approved course in January 2009. Sharon is pursuing ACC coach status. She holds the British Psychological Society Level A and B qualifications enabling her to deliver and interpret occupational testing and personality questionnaires, particularly specialising in MBTI (Step 1 and 2) and OPQ32.
Sharon has extensive experience of delivering competency based assessment and development centres at graduate and leadership level.