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HRSE (HR Summit & Expo)
Masterclass: 14 November 2022
Conference & Exhibition: 15 & 16 November 2022
Workshops: 17 & 18 November 2022
Za'abeel Halls 5 & 6, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Cheryl J. Thornton
Regional Head Of People & Development (HR) – South Asia & Middle East at The Fred Hollows Foundation


Cheryl Thornton is a Senior HR and Business Operations Leader with over 20 years of experience in high volume, multi-disciplined and multi-site organizations across MEA and APAC regions. Cheryl has held senior executive roles in multiple industries including non-profit organizations, real estate, banking, retail and aviation.

Presently Cheryl is the Regional Head of People & Development for The Fred Hollows Foundation, a Top 50 Global INGO. In this role Cheryl is leading the HR function for South Asia and Middle East with regional strategic and operational responsibility. In addition Cheryl is a lecturer at the PwC Academy Middle East.

Further Cheryl holds business and community leadership roles as the Co-Chair of SAP SuccessFactors MENA Special Interest Group and Vice-Chair of e7 Promise of a Generation. In addition Cheryl is a Panel Judge for both the MEED Daman Corporate Wellness Awards and the Ta’atheer Social Impact Awards.

Cheryl has completed the INSEAD executive education program ‘Driving Value Through Business Acumen’; and she has an MBA (Strategic Human Resource Management) and Bachelor Degree in Adult Education from the University of New England.

Her professional qualifications include Chartered Fellow with three international industry bodies including CIPD; the Australian Human Resource Institute and the Institute of Management & Leaders. Cheryl is accredited in Organizational Assessment and Psychometric Testing from the European Federation of Psychologists and the British Psychological Society, and is also a Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation.

 Based in Dubai since 2005, Cheryl’s drive and passion is a People & Culture Leader, Social Impact Advocate, Business Coach, Trainer, Mentor and Devoted Mother.