Sharon Thorne is the Chair of the Deloitte Global Board of Directors.
Sharon was previously the Deputy CEO and Managing Partner Global & Strategy of Deloitte North West Europe (NWE), and a Deloitte Global Board member. Sharon is the first woman to hold the Global Chair role and has long championed Deloitte’s ambition to achieve higher representation of women in leadership globally. She is also an advocate for collective action on environmental sustainability and climate change.
As a member of the NWE Executive, Sharon’s main responsibility was to lead the worldwide dimension of Deloitte NWE’s strategy. Between 2015 and 2019, she was the executive sponsor for the creation of Deloitte NWE.
Prior to this, Sharon was a Deloitte UK audit partner for 20 years. She has over 30 years of experience auditing and advising clients across a broad range of sectors. This includes extensive experience serving as lead audit partner for FTSE-listed clients, coordinating services around the globe.
In addition to a number of executive roles, including Deloitte UK Managing Partner Talent and Deloitte UK Managing Partner Regions, Sharon has spent more than three decades on boards including as chair. This includes nine years on the Deloitte Global board, six years on the Deloitte UK board, six years on the Confederation of British Industry Board of Directors and four years as a Trustee for Prostate Cancer UK. She has recently joined the Board of the Social Progress Imperative and the Advisory Council of Accounting for Sustainability.
Sharon graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Economics and Politics. She is a fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
She lives in the north-west of England with her husband John and their two dogs, has three grown-up stepdaughters and enjoys watching Manchester United and playing golf.