Sophie Mepham

World Voice Co-ordinator

Sophie joined the British Council in January 2015 - initially supporting the Architecture, Design and Fashion team's delivery of the International Fashion Showcase - and now works in the Music team supporting the World Voice programme.

Sophie holds a BA (1st) in History of Art with Museum Studies from the University of Leeds. During her studies she developed a strong interest in social engagement through collaborative art practice and supported exhibitions at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, Harris Museum and Ben Uri Art Gallery. From 2009–10 she trained as an Environmental Conservationist and dry stone waller whilst teaching the national curriculum with environmental science and sustainability to young learners at the Skelton Grange Environment Centre. By practicing the Forest Schools pedagogy through outdoor classrooms she became a firm believer in creative approaches to delivering curriculum subjects.

After gaining a Certificate in English Language Teaching (CELTA) in Hungary, Sophie moved to the West Bank of Palestine to teach English to school children in Nablus, whilst volunteering with local NGOs to teach violin and perform Ceilidh music in Nablus and Ramallah. She went on to receive AHRC funding for her MA (Merit) in Cultural Heritage Studies at University College London where she focused her research on the preservation of heritage in conflict zones before interning for six months with the World Heritage Centre at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, supporting the conservation of cultural property in Afghanistan as part of the Asia and Pacific Asia Unit.

After a year of teaching English at two Universities in Tokyo, Sophie returned to the UK to take up her present role with the Music team's World Voice programme. She especially enjoys witnessing world heritage and cultural expressions being authentically shared in schools and supporting teachers around the world in bringing music and creativity to their classrooms.

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