Councillor Sophie Erskine
Party: Liberal Democrats
Ward: Fortis Green
Other Councillors representing this Ward:
All fixed surgeries are held at United Reformed Church Hall, corner of Tetherdown and Queen's Avenue, Muswell Hill, N10. Please call at least 24 hours before to make an appointment.
2nd Saturday of each month, 10.00-11.00am by appointment.
Councillor's surgery map (external link)
River Park House
225 High Road
Mobile: 07854 002437
- Adults and Health Scrutiny Panel
- Full Council
- Muswell Hill, Alexandra, Fortis Green and Highgate Area Forum and Committee
Term of office
- 10/05/2010 -
Appointments to outside bodies
I was born in 1986 in Muswell Hill and have lived here all my life. I attended Henrietta Barnett School, Barnet, and then The Latymer School, Edmonton.
After school, I studied Philosophy at Cambridge, but I quickly realised that I didn't want to pursue the subject beyond undergraduate level. Instead, I explored my interest in literature by interning at various publishing houses and literary magazines - I thought I could start a career in writing and editing.
However, during my first year out of University I got the chance to volunteer for a non-governmental organisation, called the International Humanist and Ethical Union, at the United Nations in Geneva. It was then that I realised that campaigning on human rights issues - issues which can decide in a very important way how the lives of ordinary individuals turn out - gave me a real kick.
With my interest in civil society sparked, I started working for other charities, which is how I got my present job as a fundraiser for the disfigurement charity Changing Faces. I knew that I wanted to establish a career in improving the day-to-day quality of people's lives.
My interest in becoming a Councillor developed out of this desire. As I've lived in this area since I was born, I know it like the back of my hand; when I thought about this local knowledge, coupled with my passion for social justice, I wondered whether I might be able to represent a community.
I like the fact that I'm a young Councillor - I think it's important that young people can see someone close to their age on the Council. I hope that, by making decisions on behalf of Fortis Green and indeed the whole of Haringey, I can contribute in some way to making this a fairer, safer and more aspirational borough.
Aside from the interests I discuss above, I enjoy music, films and going out for the occasional drink! I am also a keen tennis player and am a member of Highgate Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club.