Sonia Sharp

Sonia Sharp

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Sonia brings a strong strategic perspective and extensive senior leadership experience. She interprets organisational and cultural dynamics and has a knack for translation of strategic direction into language that influences behaviour. Sonia has dedicated years in working at the tougher end of complex system change; focusing on performance improvement, lifting quality and the turn‑around of hard-to-shift cultures. She has a deep understanding of education and the early years and has worked across the broad spectrum of services for children and families.

Influential work

  • Led strategic planning processes at group, organisational and state level; with extensive stakeholder engagement and consultation
  • Established fully integrated front-line services; including strong neighborhood teams; to deliver educational, health and human services to children, young people and families
  • Facilitated development of a regional strategy to improve communication and literacy skills that attracted national acclaim and led to a significant improvement in learning readiness for five-year-olds
  • Designed educational improvement strategies leading to significant and sustained improvements in academic and social outcomes for children and young people, including closing the gap for consistently underperforming groups
  • Established a human capital program that tackled difficulties with recruitment and retention of high quality staff in human services, reducing turnover from 26% to less than 5%.

Outside of Nous

Sonia was formerly deputy secretary for Early Childhood and School Education in the Department of Education and Training, Victoria. Prior to this, she held senior executive roles in large UK cities and managed children’s services in urban and rural environments. She is a chartered psychologist, has taught in mainstream and specialist schools and was principal research fellow on a national anti-bullying program.

Sonia has a PhD and Master of Science in Education Psychology from The University of Sheffield in the UK, as well as a postgraduate Certificate in Education and a Bachelor of Science (Human Communication and Linguistics) from The University of Aston. She holds a National Professional Qualification for Head Teachers from the National College of Leadership in Schools and is an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society.

In her spare time...

Sonia loves adventure and the outdoors, especially mountains, and often bicycles up steep hills. A sociable type, she now organises an annual long distance cycling challenge.