Sophie has led City Year UK as its Chief Executive since November 2009, when the organisation was first set up in London and has overseen its development in the UK and expansion to the West Midlands and Greater Manchester. While she was Deputy Chief Executive of the Private Equity Foundation, Sophie was introduced to City Year and got involved in efforts to bring the organisation to the UK, including raising initial funding and building a range of stakeholder support for the City Year model. Previously, Sophie has worked in a range of roles within the charity, business and public sectors, including chairing a school governing body and working for an MP. She has a BA Hons in History from the University of Bristol. In December 2016, Sophie received the Mayor’s Fund for London Individual Award for ‘outstanding achievement and lasting impact in tackling the skills and employment agenda for young Londoners from disadvantaged backgrounds’. She was named on the Top 30 Social CEO’s list for 2016 and in January 2017 was included in the ‘Philanthropists and Activists’ section of the Debrett’s 500 list which recognises and celebrates Britain’s 500 most influential people. As well as leading City Year UK, Sophie is a founder, trustee and Co-Chair of Generation Change, the independent voice of youth social action in Britain which brings together 18 youth social action organisations. Sophie also serves as a trustee of The Royal Voluntary Service.
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