Sharon’s role as an enabler

Sharon Hicken’s love of training and developing people began 17 years ago on what was meant to be a break from her job as an area manager for banking giant Barclays.

Our interim Learning and Development Business Partner had a background in frontline financial services when she ‘came into L&D by accident’ on a year’s HR secondment.

“I knew very quickly that developing individuals and teams was what I wanted to do – and I haven’t looked back,” said Sharon. “I love seeing the value of learning and the difference it makes. It’s very satisfying to follow someone from recruitment through their career progression and perhaps even see them take on a management appointment.”

Having worked at other major employers such as the Woolwich Building Society and the RNLI, Sharon is keen to combine her learning & development skills with care sector knowledge.

She describes her role as supporting, advising and enabling learning with a specific focus on six of our Dorset homes, adding: “My first impressions are that Colten Care’s values and staff truly bring to life the word ‘care’.  My aim is to support by building strong, trusting relationships with our Home Managers.

Sharon, a keen walker, lives in her home town of Bournemouth with husband Ray. “The reason I have never moved from the area is because I love the Purbecks and the New Forest,” she said.

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