Sophie joined GDA as Policy and Participation Officer in April 2022, working on the Future Visions project and supporting and facilitating GDA’s Social Care Expert group. Her role is focused on supporting disabled people to have their say on social care policies, services and decisions that affect them. Amplifying disabled peoples voices is crucial to ensure lived experience drives social care reform as the Scottish Government plan for a National Care Service.
Sophie first joined GDA in June 2020 as a Helpline Advisor during the pandemic. In this role, Sophie answered the incoming calls to our Covid-19 response helpline, providing advice, a listening ear and directing members to support with a variety of issues.
Since then, Sophie has worked for an MP in Westminster, working with disability charities, carrying out research and advising on policy issues related to disability. She is a History and Politics graduate from the University of Edinburgh and received her MSc from the University of Glasgow in 2020, researching women’s experiences of mental illness in modern Glasgow. She has a background in mental health advocacy and peer support and is passionate about lived experience being central in decision making.
Sophie has a green thumb and loves tending to her houseplants. She also enjoys reading and loves all things related to political history!