Before joining the Excite Partner team, Sue was the Director of Creative Partnerships in the Thames Gateway where she was responsible for change programmes in over 100 schools. Sue has worked in the cultural and education sectors for 16 years. This includes working with young people and adults, producing award-winning short film and theatre and working for a local authority as Cultural Services Manager. In February 2010 Sue launched ICP Ltd, a national professional body for Creative Practitioners. She also works as a freelance consultant, trainer and project manager for a range of clients and is a qualified Action Learning facilitator. Sue brings substantial leadership and change management skills to the team along with a gentle and engaging delivery style. Sue has two teenage children, who between them ensure that she never imagines she knows it all.
Sue trained as a film maker in the 1990’s, discovering a passion and aptitude for the Producing role. The skill of bringing together a professional team to achieve high quality outcomes was transferrable to other sectors, which Sue did successfully as her career progressed to include other art forms and contexts. Working with young people and schools became a feature of her work, ranging from the Duke of Edinburgh Awards programme, to Development Director of Colchester Youth Arts Partnership. Sue has been responsible for staging open air operas, landing a Media Lab outside the Tate Modern, producing the award winning play ‘ The Container’ at the Edinburgh festival and advising LOCOG on young people’s voice. Sue trained as a counsellor and this led to a natural fascination with how people learn and what makes people tick. Sue is a passionate advocate of lifelong learning and believes we should all learn a new skill at least every five years. Sue’s latest challenge is learning how to ski.