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.
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.