Ange specialises in values-based leadership and organisational development, providing facilitation and consultancy services, encouraging people to be at their best and organisations to achieve their strategic visions.
Passionate about supporting the capability of people to work together on solutions to the challenges they face, Ange has 17 years experience in the not-for-profit sectors in Aotearoa New Zealand and the UK both at service delivery and governance levels.
As part of an equality and diversity project throughout England, Ange facilitated the development of local and regional partnerships of organisations led by and for people with lived experience of discrimination, to collaborate on tackling inequality. This work inspired Ange to set up Facilitate to Create in 2011.
Trained in the art of group facilitation with Zenergy Global and a Certified Professional Facilitator with the International Association of Facilitators, Ange’s approach is strongly influenced by Tikanga Māori, encompassing respect, open communication, participation and equality.
Ange enjoys travel with all of the personal challenges and adventures it presents, plays the djembe drum from West Africa and is an enthusiastic ocean swimmer.
As a trainer, Sonia brings a wealth of experience gained within a variety of organisations both in the UK and overseas. Her specialist areas are in delivering courses such as Training the Trainer, Communication Skills, Presentation Skills and Conflict Resolution Skills. Some of her past and current clients include Imperial College London, Roehampton University, The City of London, and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI).
Sonia works with organisations to build upon the skills and experience which already exist through coaching, mentoring and designing bespoke training to support further personal and professional development. She facilitates changes to be achieved in organisations by ensuring change commitments are both ambitious and achievable.
Understanding client need is at the heart of Sonia’s approach with an emphasis on internal staff development to enable strategic advancement. Sonia works from the perspective of valuing everyone for the unique contributions they make within their organisational roles.
Sonia recently spent 3 years at Conflict and Change where she designed and delivered a range of courses for staff, volunteers and external organisations on understanding conflict, mediation skills, assertiveness techniques and feedback skills, training delivery skills and dealing with prejudice and discrimination. As well as training volunteers to mediate neighbour disputes, Sonia is herself an experienced mediator. As a mediator, she has supported individuals, workplace teams, families and neighbours in conflict to successfully resolve their differences.
As current Chair of Haringey Women’s Forum, Sonia continues to gain insight into the complex relationships and influences on the work of the Voluntary and Community Sector and its capacity for innovation and reflection. The sector’s commitment to equality and diversity are values she shares.
Sonia is an avid ‘armchair’ netball fan, no longer playing due to injury. She now watches games at every opportunity at every level – from local level to international. When time permits, she also enjoys coaching others to play the game.
Charlotte Gage has an extensive knowledge of equality, diversity and human rights issues and policy, within the not-for-profit sector both in the UK and internationally. She is passionate about living in a world where equality is fully realised for everyone.
Having completed an MSc in Gender Studies at the LSE Gender Institute, Charlotte has joined Facilitate to Create as a Gender Equality and Human Rights Consultant bringing her experience and expertise in policy and lobbying to the team.
Since 2004 Charlotte has worked in the not-for-profit sector developing a range of project management skills including campaigning and influencing, running events and training, high level meetings to discuss human rights issues at UK and international levels, and researching and writing reports to highlight specific areas of inequality. For example she worked closely with the New Economics Foundation to develop social return on investment analysis on the impact of small women’s organisations.
As a Policy Officer at the Women’s Resource Centre Charlotte has advocated to government on behalf of voluntary and community sector organisations and supported them to use domestic and international policy to lobby for the rights of their service users. She led a project taking issues from women in the UK to the United Nations as part of the CEDAW reporting process as well as attending and presenting at UN sessions in Geneva. Charlotte has a good understanding of the sector and the needs of these organisations as well as their relationships to other stakeholders such as equalities organisations, funders and government.
Charlotte maintains her connection to the voluntary sector through her role as a Trustee for The WISH Centre in Harrow and also enjoys spending time outdoors, especially volunteering for the children’s charity Forest School Camps. She is currently learning Italian as she is a regular visitor to Tuscany.