Sue retired from a long career in Local Government in 2017. Her last role was Managing Director of Guildford Borough Council, providing services to 140,000 residents and managing a workforce of nearly 800 employees. Sue’s professional background is accountancy and she held the statutory role of Chief Finance Officer for the last 15 years of her career. She held the role of Head of Paid Service from 2013 until her retirement in 2017. Since the inception of Local Enterprise Partnerships Sue attended the Enterprise M3 board and is passionate about seeing a stronger linkage between business and education providers.
Sue became a governor of the Guildford Colleges in 2015 and in 2019 was appointed a governor of Activate Learning on the merger with Activate Learning. She studied at Guildford College in the late 1970’s and believes that Guildford deserves a first class group of colleges, delivering educational services in modern/fit for purpose buildings and that it becomes the college of first choice for local young people. In July 2020 Sue was appointed Chair of the Corporation for Activate Learning. Sue is a strong advocate of Activate’s Learning Philosophy believing that it will get the best out of learners and empower them to achieve their potential. She is particularly interested in creating opportunities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Since retiring Sue has become a Director of Surrey Hills Enterprises, is a Director of the Guildford Book Festival and is also on the board of Guildford Philanthrophy.