Stratus Associates specialises in effective personal coaching and group training.

We deliver measurable results for those who invest in developing themselves and their people


Owner and Principal Consultant

Sonya specialises in Presentation, Public Speaking and Influence.

She holds a C&G Adult Education Teaching Certificate that qualifies her to train within Further Education. In 1997, she was instrumental in setting up the NVQ Cabin Crew programme at South Trafford College and has also lectured in other areas within their Travel & Tourism department. Being a member of the Professional Speaker’s Association for many years, Sonya uses that knowledge to deliver empathetic and encouraging presentation workshops and undertakes public speaking programmes for business groups.

Sonya delivers individual coaching to those who want to be more confident and competent when speaking in public.  These are friendly, practical sessions, bespoke to each client, delivered either at Stratus’ office, online or at the client’s venue. 

She has produced and run multi-cultural courses throughout Europe, delivering to delegates speaking business English. She is also an accredited TOTALSDI® (Strength Deployment Inventory) facilitator helping organisations to look at leadership, teamwork and individual communication styles. Her aviation, banking and retail background make her an ideal facilitator of Interpersonal and Soft Skills. She has delivered to a variety of delegates from senior managers to front line staff.

Sonya uses her hands-on experience of training delivery to help organisations in the design and implementation of customised training solutions for both public and private sectors. She encourages people to communicate more effectively at all levels by listening to what her clients need, so she can discover flexible and innovative solutions that match their expectations. Her facilitation skills reflect reality using a gently humorous and common sense approach with plenty of opportunity for discussion, interaction and accelerated learning experiences.

We are a small, highly experienced and focused team, providing you with excellent value for money.

We have a first class reputation – and our training works!

Delegates can point to a significant improvement in their skills as a result of our courses. In short, we are willing to be worth it!


Steve MacAlister


Steve specialises in the areas of Training Needs Analysis, Design and Delivery and experiential learning through Outdoor Activity.

He is an experienced training professional whose commercial awareness and approachability make him a superb facilitator at all levels within organisations. He began his training career at Nynex where he was responsible for developing and delivering a range of sales and customer service focussed training solutions. He also managed a large programme roll-out for the launch of Digital TV and managed the sales training function with responsibility for both in-house and external training providers.

He has worked with many clients both in the UK and abroad delivering focussed, high energy training solutions to organisations at all levels. Steve also works with the Princes Trust, Scouts and other groups where he is involved in a number of initiatives to help equip young people with a variety of skills.

Claire Margerison


Claire specialises in HR and Performance Management.

She delivers workshops on performance management, communications, recruitment and selection, team leader training, customer service and absence management. She keeps up to date with all changes and developments within the HR and training arena. She has a PTLLS (Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector) certificate and is an accredited SDI facilitator.

Claire has a Business and Finance degree and is a Chartered member of the Institute of Personnel and Development. She has delivered training at all levels from the front line to senior management, in both the public and private sector. She was specially chosen to design and roll out a bespoke programme for Cheshire East Council to develop performance management which she then cascaded to in house staff for continued internal delivery.

Candy Gerrard


Candy specialises in workshops to raise your or your organisation’s profile, such as Tele-sales and Sales, Networking and Customer Care.

She is a highly motivated training consultant who possesses an energetic and enthusiastic training style encouraging people to achieve their maximum potential.

She started her training career with the Handley–Walker Group management consultancy where she was involved in the design and implementation of highly successful Customer Care programmes for clients such as CenterParcs, Silicone Engineering, Twin Valley Homes and ISS Facilities Management. Candy is an accredited SDI facilitator helping people to understand their own motivation and that of others.

Michael Westland-Rose


Michael specialises in everything related to personal impact. With a background as a professional actor he delivers workshops & coaching in: presenting to camera, webinar/webcasting, business-bid presentations and handling media interviews.

Michael is an associate member of the CIPD with over 20 years’ experience working with hundreds of household names – national & international organisations in just about every sector.

In addition to his highly practical and participative face to face workshops, Michael also works at senior manager and CEO level delivering bespoke on-line training. One example being a mix of on-line and face to face training for senior and middle managers who present to a global audience over Skype. He has also produced bespoke videos for clients ranging from health & safety to product introductions.