Sophie began her career in urban regeneration and was then appointed Chief Executive of The National Forest, which used trees to regenerate 200 square miles of the Midlands affected by the end of mining, including Burton Upon Trent.
Sophie currently chairs the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board's Potato board, which works to make sure there is a good future for one of the country's favourite foods. She is also on the main AHDB Board working for the future of British agriculture.
Sophie was the first woman President of the Royal Forestry Society. She was awarded an OBE for services to the environment and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters in 2012. Sophie was also the Chair of TREE AID, which uses trees to protect people from the worst effects of poverty and climate change in the driest parts of Africa.
Sophie has been the foster parent of a teenager with learning disabilities and a carer. Her PhD was on the lives of adults with learning disabilities in long-stay institutions. Her book 'The Art of the Chief Executive' was published in 2017 and Sophie enjoys mentoring leaders at all stages of their careers.
Sophie is also a member of the Governance Committee.