Sophie Theen

Sophie is an award winning woman in tech with a mental health and diversity, inclusion & equality champion

A reformed engineer, Sophie’s expertise is now focused on reinventing the importance of talent management in the People function within a conservative industry like financial services and she is passionate to establish a blueprint for the working culture of the future.

She introduced Social Hiring as a people strategy into Revolut, 11:FS, Oakam with a view to increase candidate experience and employee engagement levels. As a mental health first aider, Sophie has created a support system to combat depression, anxiety and other factors specifically affecting rapid growth businesses in the FinTech community.

She is also widely recognized in the UK for her innovative ways in changing how HR works in tech and is a regular keynote speaker to pass on her learnings. Pre Oakam, she’s led recruitment projects with Ford, General Motors and IBM, before shifting her passion and focus to setting up the future of HR in startups like Revolut & 11:FS.

She is a regular mentor and career coach in the startup community supporting new comers of HR in startups as they are sometimes the most challenging HR roles due to the pace and expectations of the industry.

A prolific writer on Diversity, Sophie also runs an HR community in Slack, Work Experience Programs for young women and is a moderator for the Tech Talent Charter group. Outside of work, she mentors Talent professionals who are in a similar environment/standalone HR and joined Tech Nation as an industry advisor to mentor aspiring CEOs and CoFounders of FinTech startups in London and California.

She is an award winning Diversity & Inclusion professional that had inspired other women to be courages in championing or fighting for efforts they believe is important to the tech industry. Having been on the Women in Fintech Powerlist 3 consecutive years and the first HR professional to win the top 35 Standout in Fintech, she is opening doors to conventional HR to be practiced in the disruptive world of fintech.

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