Sharon is a champion of consumer concerns in energy and water. Sharon was elected to the Council of Which? in January 2015 and was formerly a long-standing board member of Consumer Futures and its predecessor bodies (Consumer Focus and energywatch). A qualified accountant, Sharon began her career working on value for money studies in the privatisation and regulation team at the National Audit Office. She subsequently worked for Consumers International, the world consumer groups federation, and for Which?. Sharon is a member of the UK Regulator’s Network Expert Advisory Panel and a Board member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Since 2012, Sharon has been a lay member of the Standards Committee of the House of Commons. For the last five years, Sharon has been a member of Ofgem’s panel to assess the network innovation competitions, plus a member of the Ofgem ‘Consumer Challenge Group’ (ensuring that the consumer interest is represented in setting prices for monopoly energy businesses). She was a member of Ofwat’s Customer Advisory Panel for the 2014 water price review and the previous Ofwat Future Regulation Advisory Panel.
Previous roles also include chair of a citizens advice bureau and member of the London and Southern Committee for the Consumer Council for Water.