#221 Sophy Vanner
Sophy is one of the most incredible, agile and dynamic strategists I have ever met. Whilst being powerful and knowledgable she is also highly emotionally intelligent and can hold her own, and deliver, in any situation. Having started off on the shop floor at Next - she quickly worked her way up through the system to being one of the youngest store managers in the history of the company. She then, against the odds, pitched to go to university without the required grades - winning a place and graduating with the best result in the year. She has been a fundamental player in advertising agencies such as Momentum Worldwide, Portas, Frukt and Amplify, and is currently leading the strategy on FitFlop, Chivas Brothers and Netflix - winning business left, right and centre!
She is also one of the most encouraging and empathetic managers who goes over and above to build and develop those around her - including Me. I would not be where I am today without Sophy's guidance and support - even when deadlines are tight and we are up against it with work.