Dame Sue was the headteacher of Lampton School in Hounslow from 1997 to 2015, transforming it into an outstanding school. The school was included in the 2010 Ofsted publication – Twelve outstanding secondary schools: excelling against the odds, and became one of the first designated Teaching Schools in the country.
Dame Sue worked as a National Leader of Education and as project manager for some of London’s most challenging and complex schools. Dame Sue was also the secondary director of the London Leadership Strategy for the London Challenge from 2007 until 2010 and was awarded a DBE for services to education in 2010. She was previously awarded an honorary fellowship from Brunel University for her services to teacher education and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by Roehampton University.
Dame Sue has held directorships at the DFE, Future Leaders and Teaching Leaders and is currently a Director of Turner Schools Academy Trust.
Dame Sue is a member of the Sutton Trust Education Advisory Group and of the Royal Society’s education committee. She is currently involved with two major educational charities and is the Chair of the Brilliant Club Board of Trustees, a Teach First Innovation Partner. This is an award- winning charity that exists to increase the number of pupils from under represented backgrounds to progressing to highly selective universities.