Surya Turner

Senior Associate

An experienced creative facilitator and training consultant Surya has an academic background in law, social policy and creative training. Drawing on her skills as a narrative coach and professional storyteller Surya adds a new dimension to her work as a training consultant and emphasises the importance of narrative in her leadership and organisational development work. Surya is also a founder member of the Centre of Narrative Leadership.

Action learning facilitation

An experienced action learning facilitator Surya delivers sets for Arts Council England, Cultural Cooperation and the Clore Social Leadership Programme and has worked extensively with BAME leaders. She has delivered virtual action learning sets to leaders across the globe as part of a wider British Council Cultural Leadership International programme.

Surya is skilled in the art of listening and the practice of insightful questioning. She believes she brings to action learning a level of observation, clarity, empathy and authenticity that encourages a group to hone their practice of listening and questioning. She is particularly adept at creating atmospheres of trust and openness and bringing cohesion to diverse groups of people. Her experience of working with hard to reach and marginalised groups is reflected in her list of customers.

Consultancy and leadership development

Surya has delivered leadership training and coaching for organisations as diverse as Arts Council England and the East London Mental Health Trust. Her training experience includes professional development training for the Teacher Assist Partnership Programme (LIFT / Guildhall Consortiums) and she has used her facilitation and story telling skills in projects with the National Gallery, National Trust and Magic Me.

Recent customers

Surya’s recent customers include the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Southside Young Leader’s Academy, Great London Authority, Lyric Theatre, Sure Start in Newham and Greenwich, the Museums of London and Docklands, Street Cred Women’s Business Centre, Lambeth Educational Action Zone, Camden Library Service and Kirklees MBC.


  • Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM)approved trainer for the Professional Development Programme in Action Learning Facilitation (2011)
  • Fellow of the School of Social Entrepreneurs
  • Professional Graduate Diploma, Creative Facilitation, Institute of Education
  • Diploma in Social Work, London School of Economics
  • Masters in Social Policy, London School of Economics
  • LLB (Hons) Law Degree, University of Bristol