Sue began her working life as an administrator in the NHS. She had wanted to become a teacher, but was advised by her teachers not to do it! She studied for her BA (Hons) in Humanities (English and History) whilst continuing to work in the NHS, and went on to study for the PGCE (History) at the Institute of Education, London. Sue began teaching as Head of History at Rounds Manor School in Northamptonshire. Sue’s first headship was at Monks’ Dyke School in Lincolnshire.
Sue joined the SSAT, a national organisation which works with schools to improve performance through the development of staff and students, in 2002 as Director of Affiliation with responsibility for membership, innovation and the National Conference. She developed SSAT’s suite of leadership programmes working with outstanding headteachers like David Carter and Mike Wilkins.
Sue has written widely on education, including pamphlets on personalising learning and redesigning schooling.