Sharon Looney is a business transformation and change leader. She creates environments in which people excel and firms thrive.

Sharon has extensive experience in large-scale transformational change management, leadership development and cultural innovation. She steers organisations and their HR teams to ignite and accelerate delivery of the human aspects of business transformations. She is frequently invited to speak at management and HR conferences and has worked in more than 21 countries.

Awards & Achievements

  • Winner of the CHRO of the Year Award
  • Named one of the world’s Top 50 HR Tech Minds
  • Member of the World HRD Congress Advisory Board


Overcoming ‘HR sophistication bias’

HR has a strategic role to play in most organisations. Yet it sometimes builds barriers by trying to be seen as sophisticated. Constantly presenting complex new ‘best practices’ that bamboozle management undermines HR as a strategic function. It’s time to simplify!

How can Sharon help you?


Sharon is a highly rated speaker. She welcomes invitations to speak or facilitate at leadership conferences and HR events worldwide.


Sharon is an experienced executive mentor on all aspects of people-led change and transformation.

Latest Blog/News

April 24, 2019

Focusing on culture to supercharge a winning team

On February 15th, the CIPD Ireland HR Awards will see the best and brightest from across the industry gather to celebrate the hugely significant role HR plays in enhancing working lives and creating better workplaces.



  •  Dean Forbes
    “Sharon perfectly balances her strategic outlook with a human touch. That means we can truly leverage the value created every day by our people. Our company today is a world away from the one I joined a couple years back. We’re more collaborative, we work smarter, and we all know our role in contributing to business objectives.”
    Dean Forbes
    CEO, CoreHR
  • Thierry Couillaud
    The positive and objective impacts of Sharon’s thought leadership has resulted in significant material consequence for the businesses she’s supported. Her achievements and leadership are endorsed at the highest levels as delivering monumental impacts in effecting organisational change. Her contributions to thought leadership in the HR space deserve the highest recognitions.
    Thierry Couillaud
    VP Human Resources
  • Brian Martin
    My engagements with Sharon as a Consulting HR strategist, span across a number of years in cases of highly complex transformation and restructuring projects. I required a level of HR expertise which did not exist internally. I relied heavily on Sharon as my ‘navigator’ in defining the HR strategies in situations of high impact to our people and our teams. She has a unique talent, which proves and amplifies the immeasurable value of HR with the right leader in the HR seat.
    Brian Martin
    Former CEO Shanakiel and Mater Hospitals, Cork

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