Sophie Lydia Smith is the former Miss Cheltenham and national Miss Publicity. Her passion for publicity stems from supporting the local community and businesses through promoting careers in construction and technical apprenticeships alongside working as a Trustee (and formerly as an Ambassador) for HGT. Sophie is a building surveyor and in the final stages of becoming a chartered surveyor, having gained a first class building surveying degree. She began her career as an apprentice and has eight years experience in the industry. Recognising there is a lack of women in the industry Sophie gives talks to schools, colleges and universities, writes a weekly column and has appeared on TV. Of her work with the Trust, she says: “It is a real honour to be involved with the Hollie Gazzard Trust. Hollie was a good friend of my sister Maria, and I am pleased to help raise money and support important causes in her memory.”