Appointed in April 2017. Sophie began her career in urban regeneration in Birmingham and was then appointed Chief Executive of The National Forest, which covers 200 square miles of the Midlands, where mining had left areas in need of sustainable regeneration.
Part of East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire, including Burton Upon Trent, are in The National Forest. Sophie is Chair of TREE AID which uses trees and good silviculture to achieve similar transformations of livelihoods in the driest parts of Africa. Her book 'The Art of the Chief Executive' was published recently and Sophie enjoys mentoring leaders at all stages of their careers.
Sophie is the first woman President of the Royal Forestry Society and lives in East London close to many great green spaces. She is a carer, with a PhD based on the lives of adults with learning disabilities, and is learning the delightful craft of the grandmother. Sophie was awarded an OBE for services to the environment in 2011 and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters in 2012.
Sophie is also a member of the Governance Committee.