Executive Director, Commercial Department, ICAEW
Sharron Gunn is the Executive Director, Commercial for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the leading global accountancy professional body with 140,000 global members. Sharron qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1989. After leaving practice she worked as a financial accountant for a property developer before joining J Sainsbury plc in 1993. During her time at the supermarket giant Sharron held a variety of roles, including group management accountant, financial analyst and commercial manager to the trading division.
Sharron joined ICAEW thirteen years ago and was appointed Executive Director, Commercial in 2012. She now heads up a team of 80 professionals and is responsible for a large remit including all international regions where ICAEW does not have an office.
Three years ago Sharron launched a leadership development business, which provides a variety of career development and leadership programmes for finance and business professionals at all stages of their careers.
Sharron also leads on key diversity initiatives for the ICAEW including gender, age and social mobility. This pioneering work within diversity and leadership has helped to position ICAEW as a leading authority and influencer. ICAEW is committed to helping advance the role of women in the profession and is proud to have been finalist at the Opportunity Now and Women of The Future Awards in 2010.