Sonja Antell


An independent organisational and management development consultant with over 25 years experience, Sonja is a Director with Action Learning Associates. Sonja works with individuals, teams and organisations to improve performance and drive forward business goals using coaching, action learning, facilitation as well as designing larger scale OD programmes.

Originally qualified as a social worker using family therapy in child protection, Sonja has an MBA specialising in OD, has worked with Cap Gemini and now has considerable experience working independently in a diverse range of sectors including blue chip companies, public and not for profit sectors.

Action learning facilitation and training

An experienced action learning facilitator Sonja designs programmes to support participants and organisations through change. She is approved by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) to deliver accredited action learning facilitator training and has worked in a range of organisations to train facilitators. The training programmes have supported a range of organisational imperatives including mergers, business transition work and cultural change.

Sonja has worked with Heineken International to support its global roll-out of continuous learning groups, where a key principle is flexibility for the local market. She co-designed and delivered the pilot for a Master Coach training programme enabling local internal delivery in native languages of ALA’s action learning facilitator training programme.

Management development consultancy

Sonja regularly works with organisations on management and organisational development. She facilitates both Board and senior team work to enhance leadership development and has designed and delivered many Board Development programmes. Sonja has designed and led a range of management learning programmes tailored to the needs of the business.

As well as coaching at Director level Sonja also uses large group interventions including Open Space, World Café and Inquiry methods.

Recent and current customers

Clients include Sandvik Coromant UK, Ernst &Young, The Body Shop, BMT Consulting, Yorkshire Building Society, Sainsbury’s, Local Government Association and Heineken International.

In the voluntary sector Sonja includes the National Trust, Cancer Research UK, the Health Foundation, ActionAid, NSPCC, Mind, Asthma UK, Arts Alliance and the Association of Charitable Foundations amongst her clients.


  • Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) approved trainer for the Professional Development Programme in Action Learning Facilitation (2008)
  • MBTI accredited 2005
  • MBA (distinction City University) 1989
  • MCIPD (City University) 1989
  • CQSW (Southbank Polytechnic) 1984
  • BA Hons (Lancaster) 1978

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