Ms Sophie O'Kane (formerly Cornell) was elected to the VRC Board in December 2015.

Sophie has deep experience in Property technology and the use of dynamic and emerging technology as a strategic enabler for commercial innovation, digital transformation, growth, security and sustainability. Her work currently focuses on the intersection of real estate (physical) and technology (digital) and solutions that drive the reimagination of our workplaces and transform the built / real estate environment. Having lived and worked in Hong Kong and Asia for 10+ years, Sophie has a global market perspective; and an entrepreneurial mindset with delivery across commercial, technical and creative elements of business.

Sophie is a Business Development and Sales Director at JLL Technologies (JLLT) is a division of JLL, a world leader in real estate services, that helps organizations transform the way they acquire, operate, manage and experience space. Sophie works with owners and occupiers of space and the built environment to deliver JLLT’s comprehensive technology portfolio of purpose-built solutions and leading venture-backed companies to exceed industry demands for better business intelligence, workplace experience and smart building platforms.

Sophie holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from Deakin University and is a Solicitor admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Combined with her passion for emerging Technology as an enabler to create a better human experience, Sophie cares deeply about the future of the thoroughbred horse racing industry, the care and welfare of  our horses, and the significance of the industry to Australian culture and history.

Sophie is a member of the MCC, Women of the MCC, Women in Tech, the Carlton Football Club and is a proud mother to 5 boys.