Sophie Bailey is the founder of the iTunes new and noteworthy, The Edtech Podcast. Her previous role was as Head of Content at Bett, the world’s largest education technology event and prior to that she enjoyed a nine year career in tech events including at Informa Telecoms and Media (the founders of the Mobile World Congress). In 2016, she left her role to launch The Edtech Podcast and to consult on education strategic partnership strategy under the name ‘Tangential Brain’. The mission statement of The Edtech Podcast is to improve the dialogue between ‘ed’ and ‘tech’ through storytelling, for better innovation. The main audience are global education leaders, with a secondary audience of start ups, bluechips, investors, Government and media. The Edtech Podcast is downloaded 1800+ each week from 145 countries in total, with UK, US & Australia the top 3 downloading countries. The Edtech Podcast has had series commissions and commercial partnership support from across the sector including from Microsoft, Lego Education and Pearson.

The Edtech Podcast publishes content relevant for the international edtech, teaching and learning, and continual education community. Our podcast series and brands include Future Tech for Education, Education 4.0, and Learning Continued.  We also provide written executive summaries and community knowledge sharing events.

Sophie has spoken and moderated for the SXSWEDU, Yidan Education Prize, ASU GSV Summit, and the Next Billion Edtech Summit. She is a mentor to the UCL Knowledge Lab initiative EDUCATE.

In her capacity as a consultant, Sophie has advised startups on product launch strategy, curated The Times Educational Supplement (TES) Leaders Summit and Future Edtech and attended meetings at the Department for Education and Department for Business and Industrial Strategy on supporting the Edtech sector. She is the organiser for a UK edtech start up meet up group of 1000+ education innovators.

Sophie is passionate about lifelong and everyday learning. If she’s not interviewing a University Lecturer, School Leader, Ex-Angry Bird, NGO, or Investor about education innovation, she’s chasing her son around the park or binge-reading Homo Deus.



I work with clients in the following areas:

  • Advisor/Non-Exec
  • Stakeholder management and partnerships
  • Research analysis and strategy development
  • Audience and community engagement
  • Cross-discipline in sales/marketing/content
  • International experience and product launch
  • Team leading and motivation
  • Events, content marketing, and PR.

I’d love to hear from you on your project big or small. If I can’t help, maybe I know someone who can.


Here are some of the nice things people have said about me. (I am very lucky).


‘Sophie is a dependable, can-do, creative and professional person to work with. No challenge is too big, no issue to complex and the end results are always very high quality.’



Peter Sigrist
Head of Communications at TES Global Limited

‘We recently commissioned Sophie to advise us about the EdTech market place.
Not only is she delightful personally but she has a great networks of contacts and comprehensive insight into the issues and trends in EdTech. I spent a very stimulating afternoon with Sophie and her followup has been extensive. Thank you Sophie!’

Meriel Winwood
Director at Ascent IT Ltd & Enterprise Asset Management Solutions

‘Sophie is a super connected and super smart operator in the EdTech space and provided some brilliant consultancy to us at Zzish. She also has an awesome podcast that drove some great interest in our business. I highly recommend working with her!’


Charles Wiles
Founder and CEO at Zzish. EdTech Angel Investor and Mentor