Most recently, Sophie was part of the team advising the maker of BBC TV’s How to Stay Young series which was partly recorded at the medical school. She showed how changes to diet and exercise can have a huge and lasting effect on patients – and benefit the whole population. Sophie, 28, lives in Newcastle.
LUXE PEOPLE >>
Family and friends are an obvious choice – my parents are inspiring – my dad is a GP and definitely into ageing well!
LUXE PLACES >>
For a weekend > Something active. I love the Lake District, especially Ambleside. I’d go walking and running.
A long holiday > A cycling tour. I am currently organising one in the Pyrenees.
A treat > A weekend in London, seeing friends, taking in a show.
LUXE RELAX >>
Best food > Persian food – I love Taste of Persia. I also love Thai food. I was in Sydney for a while and we lived near great Thai restaurants.
Best wine > I don’t drink wine but I like a glass of port at Christmas or a Baileys.
Favourite restaurant > I love Harissa in Sandyford – great flatbreads. And Café 21, you can’t beat it.
Perfect weekend > Hiring a cottage somewhere remote with friends. Go on a massive hike with a wild swim then get back to a delicious meal and light a fire outside. Dancing and games would also be part of it. If I had to stay local, then brunch and a hockey match with the girls from JPC hockey club is always a treat.
DOWNTIME MEANS >>
Coffee, fresh air, and a book.
Best telly > Match of the Day, especially with a NUFC win.
Best book > The Bible is my book. And any of CS Lewis’ works.
Best sounds > Currently enjoying the Imagine Dragons album, Stevie Wonder, Ed Sheeran. I love dancing to funk and soul.
LUXE SHOP >>
Best shopping city > Edinburgh.
Favourite shop > Zara or Mango.
Best buy > My down feather jacket from Montane. Great quality and so warm.
LUXE PARTY >>
A memorable night out > One with a live band, loads of classics and lots of dancing.
Perfect party > As above. With lots of friends and even some games.
Best dress > A fitted blue velvet dress that I feel lovely in – and have now worn for too many weddings.
Dinner date > My boyfriend – he is in Australia so a surprise dinner at Sydney Opera bar would work nicely!
YOUR LUXE THINGS IN LIFE >>
The privilege of being able to work with people; seeing their potential and helping them to get to that place.