MBE awarded to Sonya Bedford, ECOE’s legal director

MBE awarded to Sonya Bedford, ECOE’s legal director


The Queen has named Sonya Bedford as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in her 2018 birthday honours list. Sonya, who is partner and head of the renewable energy team at Stephens Scown LLP, has received the honour for services to community energy. She has helped to deploy many renewable projects. As well as being a founder director of ECOE, she sits on the board of another three community energy groups, including South Dartmoor Community Energy and Bath and West Community Energy.

‘I wouldn’t have been given an award if I didn’t have so many great people to help and so many great community actions to take forward,’ Sonya said after getting her MBE. ‘Being on the board of four organisations does mean I am sometimes stretched but I love being part of our new energy future. ECOE has been so inspiring over the last four years and hopefully many more years to come. We couldn’t achieve anything without each other so thank you all for being brilliant. The award is for all of us. Shame I can’t take you all to the palace with me – but don’t worry I’ll ask the royal family about their renewable energy plans!’