For the past eight years, Susan has followed a diverse portfolio career as a freelance consultant in equalities, health, disability and social care; as a non-executive director of a NHS Education for Scotland; as the chair of the Independent Living Fund Scotland; and as a popular humanist celebrant.
This followed on from her 18-year career in local authorities and non-Government Organisations in the field of disability and health, including the CEO of PHACE Scotland, Epilepsy Scotland and the Health and Social Care Alliance. Susan has also served on the boards of a variety of third sector organisations, most recently as a trustee of Leonard Cheshire Disability, where she was vice chair and latterly interim chair. She served for seven years and once her term ended in 2016, she was given the honorary role of Vice President.
In all her roles, Susan uses her skills as a committed people person, holding strong foundations in supporting people to live their lives in a positive way. With over two decades in leadership of organisations Susan has given her experience and insight into how strategy and focussing on people can bring about effective change. Susan has a keen eye for organisational development and through that lens, guides organisations to deliver services that make a real difference to the people they serve.
As a woman in leadership, Susan is committed to not only being a role model to other women but to making a difference to organisational culture. Where there is a positive and supportive people centred culture, women and indeed everyone does better. Susan believes that this is the only way for us all to thrive in both the workplace and in society.
In her personal life Susan and her partner Gerrie were the first lesbian couple to have a legal marriage ceremony in Scotland on 31 December 2014 having campaigned for equality for many years. In 2016, Susan was honoured to receive the LGBTQI ICON award in recognition of her career long commitment to equality for all.