Sharon pursued a career in law with a healthy dose of naivety and optimism, being the first in her family to go to university and knowing absolutely nothing about the profession. She had, though, watched a lot of legal dramas and was obsessed with the TV series ‘This Life’. She started her legal career in a mid-sized firm and focused on commercial contracts, tech deals and outsourcing. She was an early adopter of privacy law as a (then-niche) specialism. She was sent on secondment to AOL as a junior solicitor and decided never to return to private practice life. After AOL, Sharon held legal roles at Sony Music UK and the Guardian before moving into a non-legal role back at Sony Music. For a few years Sharon occupied a business rather than legal role, when she led an international outsourcing project at Sony Music. Sharon oversaw the movement of financial services from multiple territories across Europe and Africa to an outsourced service provider in Romania and India.
After the outsourcing project completed, Sharon thought about a further move away from law and explored various courses – including food photography, floristry and graphic design. In the end though, she was lured back into the legal profession and served as GC at Expedia’s B2B division. Following that role, she moved into being her own boss as a legal consultant. One of her consultancy clients, the fintech TotallyMoney, hired Sharon in 2015 as their first GC responsible for everything legal, compliance, risk and co sec. Sharon is still at TotallyMoney and has (very!) recently been promoted to Chief Legal Officer with additional responsibility for People & Culture, Customer Services, Facilities and Procurement.
Sharon lives in SW London with her husband and sports-mad 7yo.