Partner and Director, Counterculture Ireland
Sharon’s work includes leadership development, strategic and business planning, organisational change, executive coaching and facilitation. With over 25 years’ experience of management and leadership in the cultural sector, she works with a range of individuals and organisations from independent charities, to national bodies.
Current clients include the Wellcome Trust, where she is the Public Engagement Fellowship Monitor, overseeing the Trust’s multi-million-pound investment in international PE leaders; Arts Council Ireland and Islington Mill in Salford.
For over 10 years, Sharon led one of the foremost leadership interventions within the cultural sector, the Clore Fellowship Programme, developing leaders from across the world. Her experience extends to working both nationally and internationally and with a range of art forms and scale of organisation: from independent artists and arts professionals, small independent organisations and charities, to medium and large national institutions.
As a certified Coach and NLP practitioner she has led the assessment of over 2,500 international cultural leaders, interviewed in excess of 1,000 leaders and recruited over 300 people from across the breadth of the cultural sector. She has worked in partnership with the majority of funders and national institutions in the UK including, Arts Council England, Wales and Creative Scotland; Arts Council of Ireland; English Heritage; the National Lottery Heritage Fund; National Trust; British Council; Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Arts and Humanities Research Council; British Film Institute; the BBC; British Museum; British Library; Victoria and Albert Museum and Tate among others. In 2018/19, she led the complete re-design of the Fellowship Programme, and the strategic development of Clore Leadership.
Sharon has a background as an artist, designer, arts manager and academic, having lectured at undergraduate and postgraduate level in arts management and marketing; is an advisory committee member of The Point, Eastleigh; and is also a ceramicist and painter.