Sonya Bedford MBE

CAT Graduate

I can now truly understand renewable technologies and apply my learning to make my work much more valuable in all senses.

“The MSc at CAT was one of the most challenging and rewarding endeavours I have undertaken. My work in the energy industry as a lawyer now has a new dimension because of the learning from CAT. I can now truly understand renewable technologies and apply my learning to make my work much more valuable in all senses. Through CAT I have also developed my work in helping to deliver zero carbon projects. CAT graduates are the most successful I have met in the sustainable/energy world, I think it’s the combination of technical knowledge and the CAT magic!”

Sonya graduated from CAT’s renewable energy MSc in 2018 and was awarded an MBE for services to community energy the same year, along with a number of other environmental awards.

As Head of Energy at Stephens Scown LLP, Sonya leads a team of solicitors specialising in energy policy and law. She advises industry on legal requirements for large scale renewable energy developments, including grid, infrastructure, policy, licensing and supply issues.

Sonya sits on the board of five community energy groups and is one of the founders of the innovative and ambitious Zero Carbon Wedmore group.

In her spare time, she sings with a band and goes wind turbine spotting!