Sonia Allen covers Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, parts of Yorkshire, Norfolk, Sheffield, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Coventry, Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Suffolk, Huntingdonshire and Cambridgeshire.
Sonia has worked in the education sector in senior leadership positions for over 20 years including large academy trusts and Further Education Colleges. This has given her an incredible amount of experience with being strategic, organised and working under pressure, co-ordinating lots of different people from different backgrounds. Sonia has been the project lead for two new school developments which included school builds and fixtures, fittings, and furnishings as well as recruitment of academic and operational staff and the students.
Sonia has also been a foster carer for the last 12 years where she has supported nearly 40 young people to help develop independence and structure to their very chaotic worlds. This also involves working with birth parents who have mental health issues that have needed support to help integrate their children back into the family home. Supporting this process has had physical involvement of helping parents prepare their home and gaining some organisation and structure in the home for the family to be able to function with less chaos.
Voluntary work has also been part of Sonia's career as a Trustee for a charity school in Sri Lanka, where she supports the teaching staff in the professional development. In addition to this Sonia has been a Campaigns Ambassador for Cancer Research UK for 10 years after her own cancer experience and she wanted to give something back.
Sonia is a landlord which requires being efficient, creating homely spaces and juggling lots of things at once to get results and for 4 years has been a host in her own home for Airbnb, welcoming people into her home which is clutter free but still homely.
Sonia loves to combine her leadership, people skills and great communications to helping people find solace within their homes, helping them remove some stresses and strains to enable clarity in the home and calm in their lives with practical simple solutions.
Sonia is qualified in Mental Health First Aid.