Sophie O'Connor spent 15 years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch after qualifying as an accountant with Ernst and Young. She is currently Non-Executive Director of Scottish Widows, Bupa Insurance and Reliance Mutual Insurance Society, and Trustee Director of Mineworkers' Pension Scheme. She has an MA in History from Cambridge University.

Sophie is married with three children, who are enjoying starting to play cricket at school and with their local club.