Sharon was appointed as the acting Head of Policy of the Academy of Social Sciences and the Campaign for Social Science in March 2016.
She was Director of the Nuffield Foundation, an endowed charitable trust that makes grants for social and educational research and policy, until 2015. After joining the Nuffield foundation in 1996 as an assistant director, Sharon became deputy director in 2000 and director in 2012. During this time, she led the foundation’s work in social research and policy. Her research fields included administrative justice and family law; finances for older people, including pensions; children and families; and poverty and economics. Sharon is a trustee of the Supreme Court Arts Trust, a charity educating on the role of the Supreme Court in the UK and Full Fact, a charity that encourages use of accurate statistics in public debate and reporting.
The Review Body on Senior Salaries provides independent advice to the Prime Minister, the Lord Chancellor, the Secretary of State for Defence, the Secretary of State for Health and the Home Secretary on the pay of: the judiciary; senior civil servants; senior officers of the armed forces; certain senior managers in the NHS; Police and Crime Commissioners; chief police officers; and other such public appointments as may from time to time be specified.