Sophie joined Aspire part time in May 2019 to set up the Enterprise Development Programme.  She joined the Aspire SMT in April 2021 as Head of Aspire Enterprise Services – Aspire Oxford’s trading subsidiary. The role brings together her experiences to date in the commercial, public and not for profit sector. 

She qualified as a solicitor in 1990 and after a period practising law left to set up a grant making foundation for an entrepreneur which was endowed with £30 million.   She later retained as a secondary school teacher and taught Business studies for 10 years ending up as Assistant Head.  Following this she joined a commercial engineering business as Operations Director having senior responsibility in several areas.   She volunteered for several years for Crisis and is passionate about commercially viable businesses operating with social value at their core.