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Sonia Gavira

Leadership Coach, Career Coach, Executive Coach, Performance Coach

London, Bournemouth and Southampton

Specialist areas:
Confidence, Emotional Intelligence, Employee Engagement, Influencing Skills, Leadership, Managing Change, Motivation, Performance Management, Strategy, Team Development
5 / 5
17 years of coaching
Face to Face, Telephone, Video Conference
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Level of Membership/Accreditation

ICF - Professional Certified Coach

About me

Leadership and Executive Coach - based in Dorset but working internationally

A leadership and executive coach with experience of working with Senior Leaders to help them transform their leadership and in turn their organisations and their teams. I have a strong track record of working across industries in both the private and public sectors, working with leaders at all levels with a passion for working with women stepping into senior roles. I’ve been working as a leadership and executive coach, consultant and trainer since 2000. With a background in Marketing and HR to Director level, my career to date has enabled me to manage large scale projects across international boundaries.

My focus today

Today, my interests lie in the development of leadership capabilities and behaviours particularly with a view to enabling leaders to create motivated cultures of engagement within their businesses that will result in high performing, motivated and healthy teams and people. As an executive coach I work mainly at Board and Executive Director level. People say I give them the clarity, confidence and courage to lead and manage others more effectively, as well as their own careers and businesses. My experience at board level, has given me a practical understanding of the issues facing leaders today. In recent years I have had the privilege of working with women leaders - business owners, emerging talent and women stepping into senior roles in organisations. I have loved helping women articulate their ambition and see it come to fruition.


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My style

My style has been described as 'challenging and focused' while also 'warm, empathetic and fun'. I have multicultural coaching and training experience and speak French and Spanish. I’ve coached and trained clients throughout Europe and the Americas focusing on strategy, managerial and leadership skills.


I’ve worked with clients across sectors and industries, from companies such as HSBC, National Australia Bank, BNPP, Lloyds, SEGRO, Microsoft, the NHS, Deloittes, Barclays, Grant Thornton, American Express, Ford, Starbucks, Thomson Reuters, L’Oreal, Adecco and others. In addition, I’ve also worked at Ashridge Business School on leadership development programmes including conducting research for their Future Leaders programme. I spearheaded the EMEA expansion of an employee and customer engagement programme for Ford Motor Company recruiting, developing and leading a team of c.80 coaches across EMEA, whilst supporting the expansion across other global markets. .


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Professional Body

Association for Coaching
International Coach Federation


ICF Accredited coach
NLP Master Practitioner
ITS Certified European Coach
Business Practitioner in Motivational Maps
Art of Hosting
Certified Trainer, International Teaching Seminars
Executive MBA: Ashridge Business School (Now Hult)

Logical Levels Inventory
Hogan Inventory
Myers Briggs
True Colors
Motivational Maps

Latest reviews

5 / 5 ★

I was connected with Sonia some 6+ months ago when I joined the Adecco International Future Leaders program. Soon after, we started working on developing my true potential and it has been one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had so far. I was looking forward to each and every call as I would always be leaving with strong and inspiring insights which I could immediately apply to the situations I was dealing with. Sonia is a great coach and such a fun, energetic and resourceful person to be working with! Not to mention her professionality and knowledge, filled with many practical examples and advices. I would recommend her each and every time and I hope much more people will be able to work with Sonia. I am truly grateful for her time, dedication and all the fun times we shared! Thank you Sonia for being so great! :)

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