My name is Sonia Hutchison and I am the Head of Operations for Astriid. I am an experienced charity leader now working freelance as a digital nomad with skills in charity leadership; charity development; trusts and foundations, and tender bid writing; training delivery, and strategic planning. I am studying for my PhD at the University of Cumbria with the Initiative for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS).
Founded by David Shutts OBE following his cancer diagnosis, Astriid believes that the value of work is far more than the wages paid. Employment provides routine, a sense of normality, challenges and rewards, and when approached correctly, can also facilitate a greater sense of wellbeing. Astriid, a UK charity founded in 2018, helps bridge the gap between the Invisible Talent Pool (people with chronic illnesses who wish to pursue volunteering or employment), and the UK skills crisis. Astriid looks to find meaningful employment for people with long-term health issues and their carers.
Sonia Hutchison is the Head of Fundraising for Astriid.