Sharon Hendry is an award-winning journalist with 18 years experience on British national newspapers.
During her career, she has specialised in campaigns and investigations which include exposing international adoption and human slavery rackets; tracking British paedophiles abroad and uncovering a plot to kill Russian dissident Boris Berezovsky in London.
In 2013 she was awarded the Best Investigative Article prize by the Speaker of the House of Commons for her work on child trafficking and acclaimed book Radhika’s Story: Human Trafficking in the 21st Century is being re-published this year.
Sharon is also renowned for in-depth writing and interviews with a diverse range of well-known subjects ranging from Bill Gates to Katie Price.
In 2016 she launched Lemlem Media and continues to pursue her passion for journalism as a freelance writer, speaker and media adviser.
Former Millfield School pupil Sharon studied English Literature at Southampton University, between 1992 – 1995, before embarking on the respected Westminster Press journalism course in the same year.
She earned her stripes as a district reporter on the Bucks Free Press, in High Wycombe, before heading to Fleet Street as one of just five ‘Hall’s Angels’ – a handpicked group of young women recruited by then News of the World editor Phil Hall.
After a stint at the Daily Mail she returned to ‘Wapping’ to join The Sun’s features team. She held the titles of Women’s Editor and Assistant Features Editor before taking on the role of Senior Feature Writer.
THE SHARON HENDRY STORY
Ever since I can remember, I've written stories and been fascinated by people so journalism is a career that had my name etched on it from the age of 10 when I started editing my junior school magazine.
Since then, I've been lucky enough to travel the world and see humanity in all its guises working for national newspapers. Now 18 years on, I feel ready to steer my own ship, hopefully pointing my pen in new directions as well as retaining links with familiar friends.
My company is called LemLem because in the beautiful Amharic language of Ethiopia where my son was born, it means 'to bloom and flourish'.
I'm really passionate about being a mum and feel lucky that my work as a journalist has given me a lot of flexibility, allowing me to be there for my son during times when he really needed me.
I'm also a serious lover of fashion, coffee, countryside and knitting beautiful scarves.
"Sharon’s passion, enthusiasm and incredible energy are evident in everything she puts her hand to. The many great pieces she’s written, often about difficult issues like child trafficking, have been taken to another level of excellence by her obvious emotional commitment and involvement with the subject."
Alan Edwards - CEO of the Outside Organisation