• The Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • Wirral Met College
  • Silver Winners
  • 2023
  • Birkenhead, Merseyside

An outstanding leader for over 33 years, with the last 11 as Principal here, Sue has transformed the college, supporting over 300,000 students, 66% of whom are the most vulnerable in this community.   

Creating an inclusive ethos that builds ambition and tackles poverty of aspiration, the college supports thousands of students with complex learning needs and was first in the City Region to be awarded ‘College of Sanctuary’ for its transformational work with refugees and asylum seekers.  

Sue’s leadership has placed equality, diversity and inclusion as its core, whilst building strategic partnerships with hundreds of employers and community leaders to place the college at the heart of a 30-year regeneration project. She led significant change to make the college non-selective, providing a guaranteed place for all 16 to 18-year-olds, irrespective of qualifications, enabling 500 additional students to attend who would otherwise not be included in education. 

Sue also introduced innovative approaches to pastoral support and safeguarding, establishing a team to address the growing need, and supporting over 500 safeguarding cases each year.