Biography

Sharon graduated from Oxford University at the top of her class with an MSc in Comparative Social Policy
(Distinction)

1. She also has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from Auckland University. Sharon began her career in 1993 as a lawyer at Kensington Swan (Auckland) and then moved into the health sector where she held a range of senior management roles in government and non-government organisations focussed on Maori health improvement. In 2000, Sharon worked in England in the NHS and completed postgraduate studies. Since her return to New Zealand in 2002, Sharon has run a successful consulting business and in March 2009 set up Shea Pita and Associates Ltd with her husband Morris Pita, where she is a director and principal consultant.

Sharon is widely recognised as a leader in the field of health sector strategy, outcomes framework development –applying Friedman's Results Based Accountability™ Framework2- project management, change management and systems design. Sharon also offers substantial experience in how to improve organisational performance and provides tailored governance training. Sharon is particularly interested in Maori Development and reducing health, social, education and economic inequalities across all populations.

Sharon holds a variety of Board memberships for both private and public/not-for-profit organisations and, as requested, fulfils Ministerial appointed roles.