Cheryl Thornton is a Senior HR Professional and has held various senior HR Management roles in real estate, banking, retail and aviation. She has worked with family-owned conglomerates and multi-national organizations in several markets across the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific regions.

With over 20 years' experience gained in senior roles across HR, Operations and Customer Service, Cheryl holds an MBA (Strategic HRM) and Bachelor Degrees from the University of New England, Australia. She is Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, and holds Chartered Membership with the CIPD UK and Australian Human Resources Institute.

Cheryl is as an active member of the regional HR community as a mentor, conference speaker and contributing writer to the HR Observer Newsletter. Based in the UAE since 2005, Cheryl’s track record infuses a global outlook and cultural agility.