Sophie Thomas

Sophie Thomas - Honorary Fellow

Designer and campaigner Thomas champions the role of design in challenging our 'take-make-waste' society.

Having completed a BA in Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins and an MA in Communication Design at the Royal College of Art, Sophie Thomas teamed up with fellow graduate Kristine Matthews to launch communication design agency, Thomas.Matthews. For nearly 20 years the studio has created award-winning work with sustainability at its core. Its clients span government, global businesses, charities and universities.

Thomas is a campaigner, practising designer and waste researcher, and was awarded chartership by the Chartered Institute of Waste Managers in 2014. She has established a number of not-for-profit organisations, including co-founding Three Trees Don’t Make a Forest, an online platform with open access sustainability tools for graphic designers and businesses, and Greengaged, an organisation that created global workshops to advance the design industry’s capacity to respond to environmental changes. In 2009 Thomas.Matthews joined a new employee-owned organisation, the Useful Simple trust, of which Thomas is a founding trustee.

Thomas worked part-time at the RSA between 2012 and 2016 first as Co-Director of Design, then Director of Circular Economy. It was there she launched The Great Recovery, a four-year action-based programme that investigates the roles and impact of design in a more circular economy.

She was selected as a CABE Built Environment Expert in 2015 and is on the board of trustees for WRAP UK.