Shirley was Chair of the Board of Trustees of City Year UK until 2017. She is Founder and Managing Founder and Managing Partner of Silverhawk Partners, a hybrid search and consulting firm dedicated to placing flexible senior talent and helping organisations address the challenge of organisational culture change.
Prior to founding Silverhawk, Shirley was founder and chair of PR agency Clarion Communications, now part of WPP Group.
Shirley has been a Trustee of City Year since its launch in London, has chaired the Growth Committee, and has been actively involved in the organisation’s national expansion.
Her involvement with City Year comes from a passion to help young people and vulnerable children.
“For me the dual benefit of empowering young people through voluntary service and helping children to stay on track at school, is uniquely powerful. Through the leadership they show in schools, and the training and development that City Year provides its volunteers, our corps members leave City Year ready to play a valuable part in the workplace, in their communities and in wider society.”