Browne Jacobson appoints Shelley Sutton as people director

Browne Jacobson people directorUK and Ireland law firm Browne Jacobson has appointed Shelley Sutton as its new people director.

Sutton takes over the role from Declan Vaughan, who retires this month after holding the role for six years and working at the firm since 2017.

She joined Browne Jacobson in 2019 as a HR business partner and was promoted to head of business partnering in January 2021.

In her new role, Sutton will be leading the firm’s people and culture strategies, working with the HR, learning and development, and knowledge teams to support the build of its organisational capability and capacity.

Sutton said: “I’m delighted to be appointed as the firm’s people director. The work which Declan has overseen has created fantastic development opportunities for our people and opened the doors to those for whom a legal career seemed impossible. I’m excited to ensure our people strategy is continually developing, supporting the firm’s performance and growth ambitions for the benefit of all.”

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Richard Medd, managing partner at Browne Jacobson, added: “Over the last five years, Shelley has continually proved to be a real asset in our HR leadership team and we’re looking forward to seeing what she’ll achieve in her new role as the firm’s people director. I’d also like to express my sincere thanks to Declan for his hard work in driving real change for the firm in his tenure.

“Under Shelley’s leadership, I have no doubt that each member of the firm will continue to play their part in creating an inclusive and equitable workplace in which everyone can thrive.”