Ms. Sharon Foulston
Chairman, Aladdin Ventures
Sharon was the inheritor of a trust fund at an early age following the tragic death of her father, John Foulston, computer entrepreneur and motor racing enthusiast, her family were at one time owners of Brands Hatch Motor Racing Circuit. After this sudden shock in her teenage years she went on to University to complete a Business Studies Degree and a Masters in Industrial Relations with a dissertation on Employee Involvement. Sharon won a prize for her work on organisation structure, culture, values and theories of change.
Her compassion, empathy and care for others led her to develop an interest in understanding people and culture – their behaviours, values and motivations. She has successfully applied this methodology in her investment life, building networks of trusted colleagues and forging ethical and global business partnerships. Her experience ranges from co-investment deals to private equity and venture capital. Sharon is a fellow of the RSA, London.
Sharon spent much of her early life adventure travelling in Asia and the Alps, a keen scuba diver she participated in an Earthwatch expedition in Barbados. She has achieved various sporting goals including a trek to Everest Base Camp, Mt Toubkal ascent, Triathlon and most notably Sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. Sharon’s love for adventure and passion for the sea has more recently led her to take up kite surfing with the aim of completing a kite surf Challenge later this year.
Through her own experience and research she has become an expert on change, challenges and developing the courage from within to confront difficult situations and move forward. Leading with a high quotient of emotional intelligence Sharon is an advocate of mindfulness and believes in pushing comfort zones to explore one’s limits in order to experience life fully.
Sharon has lived in Scotland, London, Brussels and Chamonix. She currently lives in Sussex, UK with her daughter Katie aged 11.
‘Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.’