Sue is highly experienced in the organisation and management of charitable organisations having spent over 30 years working in the charity sector. With a background in property and facilities management, conferencing and hospitality, she established her own consultancy in 2002 advising prestigious charities, large and small, on property strategy and the effective use and management of their offices as well as identifying opportunities for generating income from property assets, thus unlocking potentially under-used space and resources.
Her experience includes project managing the implementation of the chosen strategy and working with senior leadership and staff teams to manage the change process. Clients include a number of bio-medical charities: Academy of Medical Sciences, Physiological Society, Pharmacological Society, Microbiology Society, Royal Society of Biology, The British Ecological Society, Society for Applied Microbiology, and The Society for Experimental Biology.
Sue also spent 14 years at The Industrial Society, promoting the development of people at work, and 15 years as property and facilities consultant to Business in the Community, working with their membership of 750 of the largest corporate organisations in the UK to improve the positive impact of business in society.
As a Trustee of the Marfan Trust, Sue is currently using her skills and experience to support the Trust in further understanding the cause and treatment of Marfan and providing support to those affected by the condition.
Sue has been married for 30 years to Francis, a bookseller and book collector, and has two grown up children. Her son Felix, now 22 and reading History at Edinburgh University, was a patient of Dr Anne Child, was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome at the age of 7 and had aortic root replacement surgery at 11. He has ongoing difficulties with his sight with dislocated lenses.
Her daughter, Hatty, is a recently qualified doctor working in Oldham Hospital in Manchester. When Hatty was in 6th form at school, Anne kindly arranged work experience at St Georges where Hatty assisted with a research project on Fatigue in Marfan.
Felix has been involved with Fund Raising for Marfan syndrome: he organized a MarFun Run when he was 15 raising £2,288 split between the Marfan Association and the Marfan Trust as well as a school Quiz Night when he was in the 6th form raising a further £4,500 for Marfan syndome.
Sue’s other interests include: historic building conservation – she sits on the London Committee of the Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB); art and antiques; food, cooking and entertaining and enjoying time with her family.