Sharon is NZ Māori – Rongomaiwahine ki Kahungungu from Pakipaki, Hawkes Bay. She has been living in Australia for the past 12 years, and has comprehensive operational and strategic experience working in human services in the government sector over a 25 year period in New Zealand, ACT and VIC, including a recent role as Senior Project Director for the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA). Sharon also has 3 years NGO sector experience in Thailand.
As the inaugural winner of the 2000 Ria McBride Public Service Management Award, Sharon attended the Advanced Management Program at Mt Eliza Business School in 2001.The NZ State Service Commission sponsored the award for mid-level public service women with senior management potential.Sharon has a deep, personal commitment to improve outcomes for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander people and Māori. She is the Senior Advisor, First Peoples Programs and Strategy at ANZSOG.