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In 2006, Sharon was the first woman to join Deloitte’s UK executive and since then her energy and passion for making the workplace more welcoming for women has grown. She is the first woman to be appointed as Chair to the Deloitte Global Board of Directors. Sharon is a passionate advocate for inclusion with a focus on gender. In 2007, Sharon established Deloitte UK’s diversity networks including the Women’s Network. She also established a ‘Women in Leadership’ group which comprised some of the most senior male and female partners in the organisation with the aim of increasing the number of women in leadership through tangible actions such as identifying the pipeline of women, mentoring and sponsoring. She also introduced flexible working arrangements, childcare support and maternity coaching. Since 2008, the number of women in Deloitte UK’s top 100 leaders has trebled. Sharon champions and speaks at firm-wide development programmes, such as the Female Manager Development Programme and Women’s Network events, in addition to participating in external engagements and conducting media interviews. She mentors women across the organisation, many of whom are now in senior roles, and is a senior sponsor to Deloitte’s LGBT+ network. Sharon speaks publicly about gender inclusion at events around the world, including in the Middle East, Asia and Europe. She speaks openly about her experience of imposter syndrome. Sharon established a cross-organisation Women’s Network in Manchester in 2008 and recently joined the Board of Directors of the Social Progress Imperative.

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