Antonia Instone

Antonia Instone


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Antonia is an experienced leader and strategist specialising in not-for-profit organisations, having developed and delivered successful growth, transformation and people programs for government, non-government organisations and UK charities. Clients appreciate her strong stakeholder engagement abilities and highly effective project management skills. Antonia’s people focus and analytical problem-solving capabilities make her adept at identifying and delivering strategic change initiatives for clients.  

Influential work

  • Designed the operating model for a $350m turnover NGO including elements focused on service delivery to millions of end users each year and service support for the 10,000-person workforce.
  • Led extensive user-centred design project to define employees’ workplace requirements for a large UK government department to support the redesign of office spaces for 8,000 workers. Identified future ways of working, improved efficiency and strengthened collaboration between different professions within the department.
  • Led the PMO for a specialist university’s operational transformation, and project managed workstreams to improve accounts payable and procurement within Finance, admission services in Registry and coordinated response to Covid-19 across the university.
  • Supported several universities with anti-racism and anti-discrimination change to improve equity and inclusion among students and staff.

Outside of Nous

Before joining Nous, Antonia led programs at youth-focused non-profits and international NGOs and was an MBA intern at Boston Consulting Group, consulting on a non-profit venture.

Antonia has a Master of Business Administration from Warwick Business School, the highest-ranked UK MBA course, where she achieved Distinction and graduated top 10 per cent. She also has a Bachelor of Arts from Durham University, where she studied politics, Spanish and theology. She was a scholar at Warwick and was named one of Poets & Quants’ Top 100 MBAs to Watch from the worldwide MBA class of 2018.

Antonia has been a volunteer youth worker for many years, undertaking long-term voluntary work in Bolivia and The Gambia. She is also a trained chef.

In her spare time...

Antonia is a fan of tasty food, beautiful art, good theatre and the great outdoors.