Sophie Throup, Head of Agriculture, Fisheries and Sustainable Sourcing – Wm Morrison plc

Sophie is Head of Agriculture, Fisheries and Sustainable Sourcing for Wm Morrison plc and has been with Morrisons since November 2017. Sophie started her career on the graduate programme with ASDA, moving into Corporate Affairs and looking after farming, product and store themes after a year in store as a produce manager. She had a period at home on the family dairy and egg farm before joining Bishopton Veterinary Group in 2009 as their marketing manager. Whilst there, she set up the FarmSkills training programme with XLVets and working with veterinary colleagues developed and managed RAFT Solutions Ltd, delivering vet and farmer generated livestock research and training projects for the private and public sectors and running a significant number of Innovate UK projects. Sophie also helped set up the government funded agri-tech centre, CIEL (Centre of Innovation Excellence in Livestock), for whom she is still a non-executive director. Through Morrisons, Sophie has been the BRC representative for the Red Tractor Poultry Board and is now a Main Board non-executive director for Associated Food Standards (Red Tractor).