The Company of Cordwainers
 of the City of York
Mrs Sharon L Hobman
THE MASTER 2016-2017

Sharon was born and educated in York at St Margaret’s School; York Business College and Marygate Childcare College.  She then spent some years living and working near Harrogate, before returning to York to marry Dave.  They have two daughters, and two grandchildren, and they both enjoy spending as much time as possible with their family.

Sharon worked in childcare in various sectors for almost 30 years, and then moved into the world of antique furniture, hospital administration, and finally the Civil Service, for whom she has worked for the last nine years.

In her spare time Sharon enjoys reading, history, swimming, socialising, the great outdoors and gardening - particularly with her grandchildren who each have their own plot within the Hobman garden.

Sharon has recently completed four years of part-time study in Creative Writing at York University, and aims to write ‘something’ every day, but invariably finds life intervenes. She is a member of the Society of Civil and Public Servants Writers, and a founder member of The Bootham Writers group. She has had work published by the 14-18 NOW project: by York University, the SCPSW and York Museums Trust.  Sharon is currently working with her group in publishing their first Anthology - due out at the end of this year.

Sharon has been involved in Guild life since 1995; is a Freeman of the City by birthright, and previously served as Treasurer, Master and Clerk of one of the other York Guilds; latterly serving as Clerk for Dave when he was the Master of the Cordwainers Company in 2013-14.

Sharon is very much looking forward to her year as Master; representing the York Cordwainers Company, the City of York and promoting Yorkshire whenever possible.


The Master’s charity this year will be Jessie’s Fund. Talented young musician Jessie George lost her battle with a rare brain tumour she called ‘Blob’ back in 1994. She was just 9 years old. The money she helped to raise for her possible treatment was transferred into Jessie’s Fund – a name she coined herself – to provide music therapy for children and young people in hospices and other care settings. Music therapy is special in its use of musical sounds to encourage communication and expression through the playing of an instrument, or by singing and listening. Jessie’s parents live here in York, and manage the charity.

The Master is doing a Marathon - well, sort of. “I shall be walking the required 26 miles in small chunks each day until I reach the target, hopefully by the 18th September. Many may be aware that I now have a limited mobility, so this is not a totally pain-free activity for me - but definitely something of a challenge!”

Donations towards Jessie’s Fund can be made via the BT donate page at:

A message from Jessie’s Fund:

“Thank you so much for choosing to raise funds for Jessie's Fund. We hope you have an enjoyable and memorable

experience in doing so. Any funds you raise will help us to reach even more children with serious illness and disability, for whom music can bring life-enhancing benefits. We greatly appreciate your contribution. Good luck with your fundraising.”

Master Mrs Sharon L Hobman with her Clerk

Picture courtesy of Tony Neal