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Sonia Furley

Head of Marketing and Communications, Lewisham Southwark College

Sonia joined Lewisham Southwark College in March 2015, entering to no team, no advertising in place and no processes. With the College just being awarded its second Grade 4 from Ofsted just weeks before, she entered to complete ‘disaster recovery’ before rebuilding, all whilst moving away from a failed merger brand (LeSoCo).

In the last two years Sonia has built a team and processes from scratch, with key focusses on reputation building and its influence on student recruitment using a range of research and data techniques. Enrolments in 2017 surpassed targets, and is again up 10% year-on-year for 2018 entry.

Sonia has worked in education for 11 years, including at the University of Surrey, Bournemouth University, and agency side for 7 years at two marketing agencies with clients such as the British Army, Pearson, British Gas, Dogs Trust and BHF.