Sherie is a former lawyer, an author, speaker, broadcaster, podcaster, trainer and
businesswoman who specialises in turning obstacles into opportunities.
Her latest book, ‘Finding My Voice’, tells the story of her ‘forty-year apprenticeship
in sound’, which began in 1969, when she was a newly registered blind toddler, afraid
From that point on, she began turning impairment into empowerment, including:
Using a tape-recorder as an alternative to a camera at the age of three
Learning from tv, radio and books during long absences from school, due to illness
Forming a long-distance friendship with a radio presenter, whilst at a ‘special’
boarding school in her teens – which, she says, ‘made a horrible situation bearable’
– and which ultimately proved to be a long-term influence
Becoming the first registered blind student of the Institute of Legal Executives
(winning awards for ‘Outstanding Performance In Examinations’ and ‘Triumph Over Adversity’)
Setting up a law practice which focused upon communicating information in innovative
ways, to encourage clients to be proactive (winning her a ‘Spirit of Ingenuity’ award
in 2004 and taking her to the South-East Regional Finals of the HSBC Start-up Stars
Awards in 2006)
Using her professional and personal experience to write a practical, plain English
guide to the Disability Discrimination Act, for employers
Turning her sister’s premature death in 2007 into the inspiration she needed to change
Today, using all her knowledge, skills and experience to help organisations harness
the power of audio as a communication tool.
Passionate about what she sees as ‘the crime of wasted potential’, Sherie has worked
as a volunteer with a succession of children’s charities. In 2005, she became a
governor at a primary school in a deprived area of her home town. The school struggles
to encourage its pupils to embrace reading and writing because, as Sherie says,
‘They don’t see their parents doing it very much, so it’s not “cool”!’ So in 2008,
she worked with ‘twenty-six seven-year-old co-authors and illustrators’. Together
they wrote, illustrated and published a children’s book on healthy eating.
One of her long-term ambitions is to set up a charity to develop more such projects,
to help children whose opportunities are limited by disability, social or economic
circumstances unlock their ability through creativity.