A specialist in international relations and partnership-building for over two decades, Sophie has worked in senior management positions across a number of iconic institutions including the BBC, Foreign Office, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Tate.
As a Mandarin-speaker, she spent over seven years living in various parts of China, initially as a journalist with the BBC. Most recently she has brought that experience to the arts in diverse ways: as a translator for the Royal Court Theatre, and then as Head of International Consultancy Projects at Tate where she negotiated and successfully oversaw the delivery of a major training and curatorial collaboration with the new Museum of Art Pudong in Shanghai.
Sophie’s international experience also includes South Asia, the Middle East and Europe. She spent five years with the Foreign Office in Rome, and speaks Italian. She has also contributed to the international pages of The Week.
As a volunteer, Sophie has worked with special needs children in schools, as a mentor for a charity working with ex-offenders, and as a trustee for Hostage UK.