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Sharon Sutton Biography

Vice President

Sharon Sutton FPFS
Chartered Financial Planner

Managing Director of Thornton Associates Ltd, Chartered Financial Planners, Sharon was the Isle of Man's first Chartered Financial Planner. Sharon specialises in the provision of multi-jurisdictional financial planning for individuals, their businesses and trusts. She believes in educating people to take control of their lives through financial planning so they can seek to achieve their dreams and don't run out of money.

Sharon is a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society (Chartered Insurance Institute) and was Chairman of the Isle of Man Region from its inauguration until 2012. She was also the President of the Isle of Man Insurance & Financial Services Institute and President for the year 2011/12 which saw the centenary celebration of the CII and the 25th anniversary of the Isle of Man institute.

She is highly committed to her clients and to her profession and strongly believes that the best way to demonstrate this is through on-going personal development both of herself and of her team, meaning that they are all taking or have taken higher qualifications.

Thornton became the first offshore Chartered Financial Planning Firm in 2009 and in 2012 became SIFA's first and currently only offshore member.

Sharon strives to balance a busy work life with the demands of raising a young son, now 7 years old. Her work ethic is sustained through family and team support, good time management and by trying to work smarter.

Her main goals outside Thornton are to drive forward professionalism and ethics within the Financial Planning community. Throughout 2012 she was involved in the promotion of Chartered Financial Planner as a professional career of choice via 'Discover Fortunes' delivery to the Island's secondary schools with the local PFS team (and through the recruitment of an Economics undergraduate for work experience throughout 2012 and this year).

In her spare time she is a keen cyclist and competed for the Isle of Man in the Manchester Commonwealth Games. Her sister and her family live in Colorado so she needs little excuse to pursue her other hobby, skiing.

Sharon was appointed Co-opted Adviser to the board in July 2012 becoming Vice President in 2014.

September 2015