Sophie Cook

Sophie is a professional speaker helping businesses to understand the positive contribution of creating an inclusive environment for their LGBT employees and clients. Helping to reduce the fear of change that so often inhibits businesses and individuals ability to reach their full potential.

Ex-RAF, motorbike racer, newspaper editor, Premier League football and rock photographer, self harm and suicide survivor and transgender.

Sophie Cook is a media personality and activist whose wide portfolio of work includes presenting, producing, writing and photography.

She became the first transgender woman to work in football’s Premier League as club photographer for AFC Bournemouth following her transition from Steve to Sophie in the summer of 2015.

In 2016, Sophie’s amazing story was spotlighted in a number of national newspapers and broadcasts, most notably the BBC’s primetime Premier League Show. She received an outpouring of support after its airing, with presenter Gabby Logan poignantly tweeting ‘I am Sophie’ in recognition of this ground-breaking segment of the show.
Sophie has become an in-demand public speaker, delivering keynote talks and LGBT workshops for high profile organisations such as the TUC, Kick It Out, JP Morgan, Virgin Media and Stonewall.

In April 2017 she was selected by the Labour Party to contest the East Worthing and Shoreham seat, increasing the Labour vote by 114% and narrowly missing out on becoming the UK’s first transgender MP, for now.