Our people

Sharon Varney

Dr Sharon Varney is a specialist in developing people and organisations – someone who thrives on creating clarity in messy and ambiguous change situations. She works at a strategic level, helping to create more effective organisations, and engages at a very human level, supporting people to manage personal change and transition.

Sharon developed her change expertise working as a senior manager in large, complex organisations. She was group head of learning and communications for a global organisation in the offshore oil and gas business. Previously she was Vice President for international learning and development at a US bank.

Now Sharon employs her cross-sector expertise to support senior leaders and directors within private, public and not-for-profit organisations. That may involve working with them to create a compelling people strategy; to develop internal OD capability; to re-design organisations; or to develop productive and effective leadership communities.

Sharon holds a doctorate from Henley Business School.  Her doctoral research, which has a very practical edge, explored the complex dynamics of organisational change and the role of change leaders within it.  Sharon has also conducted leading-edge research for Roffey Park Institute and the Institute for Employment Studies and has published reports on organisation design and development, learning and employee engagement. She is a regular speaker on OD for the CIPD.


    • Cultural and behavioural change in complex organisations
    • Organisation design
    • Employee engagement
    • Developing your internal OD capability
    • Discovering patterns of change


    • Senior leadership development
    • Coaching and action learning (including virtual action learning)
    • Executive recruitment and selection
    • Personality profiling
    • MBTI & OPQ accredited


    • Developing a learning culture
    • Talent development
    • Global development programmes – from graduates to top managers
    • Infrastructure solutions – learning management systems, e-learning


    • Bringing brand values to life
    • Large group events


    • Action research
    • Case studies
    • Qualitative research
    • Oil and gas
    • Banking and finance
    • Travel
    • Manufacturing
    • Public sector
    • International organisations
    • Not-for-profits
    • UK & Ireland
    • Brazil
    • France
    • Norway
    • Singapore
    • Switzerland
    • US