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Sophie Theen

Head of HR & Talent, 11:FS

Category: Technology Professionals

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 11:FS 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.

Pre 11:FS, 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.

She is a regular mentor and career coach in the startup community. 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.