Sue is Director of the Commission and leads the RSA Secretariat team. Sue’s background is in leading large scale change for more sustainable futures. Before joining the RSA to undertake this, her dream job, Sue ran a small consulting practice, working with public, private and not for profit organisations on their leadership, strategy, culture and governance. She worked with governments and enterprises on the leadership and delivery of major and complex projects, most recently focussed on gender balance, diversity and inclusion in the leadership teams of government major projects.
Over the last twenty years, Sue has been awarded a number of Visiting Research Fellowships, from the Revans Institute for Action Learning & Research at Salford, the Academy of Engineering at University of Leeds, Ashridge Business School and most recently The Bartlett, at University College London, where she still holds the title of Honorary Senior Associate. Sue has herself had a number of board level appointments, from vice chair of a large education charity to non-executive director and then chair of a health board for ten years, giving her a grounding appreciation for the real challenges in leading sustainable change. Sue has written a number of papers and books on leadership and change and is a founding board member of the international journal ‘Action Learning: research & practice’.
Alongside this, Sue also runs an organic livestock farm in Wales, with her family and volunteers. The farm is also home to a charity, the Silver Birch Foundation, which provides education, training and development for disaffected and disengaged young people, in partnership with local schools. Sue is a Fellow of the RSA.