Our Staff

Sophie Ryan


Sophie is the CEO of Sony Foundation Australia, the charity arm of the Sony Group of Companies. She has a passion for business and philanthropy and believes the two should be inextricably linked.

Sophie enjoys developing creative and innovative ways in which to solve social problems and is fortunate to work in an environment in which this is not only encouraged, but essential. She has worked with such a diverse range of people both in Australia and overseas during her time at the United Nations working in criminal justice in both Vienna and Sudan, as an assistant to the UN Special Rapportuer for Torture and as a lawyer with Allens Linklaters. Sophie has come to appreciate the value of collaboration and the importance of partnerships when generating real change.

Sophie commenced as CEO of the Sony Foundation in 2010.

Emma Pechey

General Manager

Emma has been the Foundation’s General Manager since 2017. Emma’s diverse role includes overseeing and executing the Foundation’s activities from events and positive PR to overseeing project development, implementation and ongoing execution.

Emma’s previous roles working in marketing communications and account management provide the ability for Emma to emphasise and continue the Foundation’s far-reaching effect.

The best part about working for Sony Foundation? Working across such a variety of projects that make a real and lasting impact in the community.

For all Foundation related queries, please contact Emma on info@sonyfoundation.org.au

Lorin Pickup

National Events Manager

Lorin is a highly motivated Events Manager, who is truly passionate about events (which is lucky!). Her role as National Events Manager involves managing the Foundation’s key events: Wharf4Ward, River4Ward, Brissy4Ward, the Corporate Partners Appreciation Evening and working closely with the Foundation’s Corporate Partners on beneficiary events.

Lorin loves creating memorable experiences that connect people to the Foundation’s programs, as well as leveraging sponsorships and maximising the involvement of the Sony companies.

The best part about working for Sony Foundation? Being able to create stunning events and have all funds directed to youth-related causes.

For all event related queries, please contact info@sonyfoundation.org.au

Karen White

Partnership Manager

In her role as Partnership Manager, Karen is responsible for the general administration of the Foundation alongside managing Sony Foundation’s Corporate Partnership Program. Additionally, she looks after Sony Foundation’s national Children’s Holiday Camp program, Sony Foundation’s CONNECT staff engagement program in conjunction with Youth Off The Streets, along with Sony Foundation’s finance.

The best part about working for Sony Foundation? The Children’s Holiday Camps. Seeing firsthand the impact that a few days of respite can have on a family, and the joy that the camps bring to the children with disability is remarkable. Also, working with the incredible student carers, volunteers and staff who are involved with the program, and seeing the endless compassion that they show.

For all partnership and general queries, please contact Karen on info@sonyfoundation.org.au

Thomas Peabody

Communications Executive 

Tom has been the Communications Executive at the Foundation since 2019. His role includes the development and execution of the Foundation’s internal and external communication strategies and activities as well as the Foundation’s PR plans including writing media releases, pitching stories, and managing talent. Tom is the editor-in-chief of all Sony Foundation marketing materials including the Annual Report, Shout Magazine, website content and also manages the Foundation’s Ambassador Program.

The best part about working for Sony Foundation? Meeting the most incredible people, telling their stories and seeing the positive impact these stories have on others.

For all media related queries, please contact Tom on info@sonyfoundation.org.au

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