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GBSLEP Board Director recognised as one of Birmingham’s 30 Under 30

Sophie Drake, Non-Executive Director for Young People at the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), has been named by BirminghamLive as one of the city’s most influential and inspiring young people.

BirminghamLive’s 30 Under 30 campaign celebrates the achievements of young people living and working in and around Birmingham.

Sophie became the first LEP Board Director for Young People in the country last year, tasked with driving greater engagement with the city-region’s large population of 18 to 30 year olds. She is responsible for ensuring that young people in Greater Birmingham and Solihull contribute fully to and benefit from the continued growth of the local economy.

Sophie said:

I saw the opportunity to apply for the young director post and felt it was exciting to have a LEP that is trying to engage with young people.

“Birmingham is one of the youngest cities in Europe and the fact that GBSLEP has recognised that this collective voice of young people needs to play a role in the decisions being made about our region’s future is massively welcome.”

Away from the LEP, Sophie works for PR agency Story Comms, which she joined as part of its founding team in 2015. She added:

Sitting on such a high-calibre board with some of the region’s industry leaders is an honour.

“The past year has involved many discussions with organisations already doing great things to engage young people, as well as research into their challenges, opportunities and views.

“I would encourage other organisations, particularly those that are shaping our city of the future, to consider having a young person on their boards. The more diverse voices and opinions that can be heard in the region, the better.”