Whilst now mostly retired, Sue has extensive experience of working within the public, private and voluntary sectors in the Midlands, North of England and occasionally elsewhere. She works to champion co-production and collaboration between children’s services, most of all championing the ‘voice’ of children, young people and young adults facing significant challenges in their lives. Through her wide variety of roles, she has worked closely with Children’s Services, Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards and other strategic partnerships.
As part of her role as National Outreach Manager for Children England, Sue was Programme Manager for Stoke City Council Inclusion Service’s ‘Listen to My Voice’ programme, devising toolkits and training to assist any organisation to think about how they engage young people in their services following on from her role as Regional Manager for the Safe Network (NSPCC/Children England) and ‘Champion for Children’ for Stoke-on-Trent.
Sue has been an independent member of the Stoke-on-Trent fostering panel for some years and has also held the role of national trustee and vice chair of the Pre-school Learning Alliance a national organisation supporting early years care and education.
As an external consultant, Sue worked to assist organisations review their safeguarding, engagement, inclusion and anti-bullying policies, and helps small and large children’s charities develop/review their constitutions, leadership and management skills and plans.