Sharon White

First Female Chairman of John Lewis Partnership, Named the 2nd Most Powerful Black Briton

  • First female Chairman of John Lewis Partnership
  • Named the second most powerful black Briton
  • First black person to become Permanent Secretary at the Treasury
  • Named a Dame in 2020 for public service
  • Former Chief Executive of Ofcom

Dame Sharon White is a highly successful businesswoman who made history when she became the first female Chairman of John Lewis Partnership. A former civil servant, she’s also a pioneer for black women everywhere and was the first black person to be named Permanent Secretary at the Treasury. Sharon’s life and career have seen her become a hugely popular diversity and inclusion speaker whose successes are sure to inspire audiences everywhere.

In 2020, she was made a Dame for her public service and was also named one of the ‘Most Powerful Black Britons’ on the Powerlist. Since becoming Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, there is no doubting that Sharon has made a lasting impression thanks to her fantastic leadership qualities. Prior to making the move into retail she also worked as the Chief Executive of Ofcom where she was in charge of the media regulators for four years. During her diversity and inclusion speaking events, she is able to explain the importance of bringing diversity to such organisations.

Sharon joined the civil service in 1989 and worked in a number of different departments. During this time, she worked at the World Bank, Ministry of Justice and in Downing Street during Tony Blair’s tenure. Upon joining the Treasury, Sharon conducted a review of the government’s financial management during the financial crisis of 2008, providing a number of recommendations on how to improve the situation. In 2013 Sharon was named Permanent Secretary of the Treasury becoming the first black person to ever hold the position.

Over the last 30 years, Sharon has committed her life to her impressive career and now as a diversity and inclusion speaker, she is able to bring this wealth of experience to each and every event she attends. A hit wherever she goes she is able to explain how she overcame gender and racial barriers to hold some of the most prestigious positions in the country giving audiences the tools to achieve similar success in their own lives.

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