After reading PPE at Oxford Sue spent two years in Kenya as a VSO, working in a small rural school, and living in a hut with no electricity and minimal facilities. This experience left her with a lifelong interest in development issues, in which trade plays a vital role. Returning to the UK, she spent a year in inner-city youth work before entering the teaching profession. She taught Economics and Government and Politics to Sixth Formers for many years, both in the private and state sectors. She went on to work in an international school in Singapore teaching Economics in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB). As Academic Advisor, she also developed the school’s university entrance programme for universities worldwide. Back in the UK she joined St Dunstan’s College where she lead the delivery of the IB Diploma Programme . As a member of the National Steering Committee of the IB Schools and Colleges Association she visited schools and advised governing bodies and teaching staff on the implementation of the IB Diploma Programme.
It was during her time at St Dunstan’s College that Sue became interested in the Livery. Past Master Sir Roger Cork had been Chair of Governors at one time and through this connection she was invited to the Tacitus lecture. Joining the Company in 2006, Sue was subsequently asked to be a member of, and then chair the Education and Charity Committee. She has used this role to help the Company to develop more links with State schools.
Sue continued to pursue her interest in things African by being, until recently, a Trustee in a charity running educational projects in Zambia. She is a Reader (lay minister) in the Church of England and in this capacity preaches and leads services. She is married to Richard, a Civil Engineer, and they have lived in Oman and Western Australia as well as Singapore. They now live outside Guildford and have three grown up children and five grandchildren. Sue enjoys opera, reading, having friends to dinner, country walks and the occasional game of golf.