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Ms Sonia Watson MBA (dist), Hon FRIBA

Chief Executive, The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

Sonia Watson joined the Board of Governors in July 2017.

Sonia is the CEO of The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and has successfully realised and honed the objectives of the Trust to ensure delivery of its charitable objectives. One example, the ‘Building Futures Programme’ helps disadvantaged students of the built environment with mentoring, work opportunities and affordable housing, opening up avenues to young people, aged 16-30. 

In addition, Sonia has overseen the delicate process of working with local community groups, as well as corporates, the Government and its agencies to ensure career aspiration and opportunity for all, diversity, fairness and justice, and ensuring that the lessons from Stephen's murder are acted upon.

Her financial background and expertise, together with her business contacts, have placed the Trust on a much firmer financial basis and her experience with funding applications has increased the Trust’s ability to carry its work forward.

In 2017, Sonia was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Institute of British Architects for services to diversity.

Sonia previously enjoyed a career in corporate strategy and banking with the Barclays Group. She regularly publishes papers on diversity and delivers talks to organisations and schools on motivation and all aspects of career and management development.

 
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