As Chief People and Operations Officer, Cheryl is responsible for the leadership and strategic oversight of ClientEarth’s Operations (including IT, Procurement and Project Management), Governance and Legal Services, People and Culture and Internal Communications teams.

As a member of the Executive Team, Cheryl reports directly to the CEO and works closely with the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion sub-committee of the Board.

Cheryl has a particular focus on organisational effectiveness, leadership, culture and performance.


Cheryl joined ClientEarth from the UK Cabinet Office, where she worked on Government Communication professional standards and major programmes including Covid Communications, UK GREAT Campaign, and the Leadership College for Government. On secondment from the Cabinet Office she led the creation of a new operating model for the House of Commons’ HR function. Prior to this, Cheryl has worked in and led HR, Policy, Communications and Operations, for over 30 years in a variety of organisations including Local Authorities, Charity, NGO, and Higher Education sectors. With a background in occupational and organisational psychology, she specialises in organisational development and effectiveness, change and business improvement.


Cheryl has a BSc. in Psychology from the University of London and an MSc. in Occupational and Organisational Psychology from the University of East London. She has also completed the Civil Service Senior Leadership Scheme (SLS) at Hult Ashridge and is a Chartered Fellow with CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development.