As Managing Director, Sue’s role is to lead the SDDirect team to continue to deliver excellent and innovative social development consultancy and research with inclusion and social justice at its heart
Sue joins SDDirect from Global Partners Governance, a specialist provider of international support to political institutions, where she was Executive Director. Sue led work on inclusive governance and institutional development through design, implementation and monitoring of programmes as well as strategic analysis for donor agencies and analytical consultancy work for other organisations.
She embedded robust internal operating processes to grow the scale and scope of the organisation and was technical lead for programming in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, working in a range of institutions and policy areas, with a personal focus on supporting women’s political involvement and leadership.
Sue has a deep belief in the impact of political systems and the quality of representation on development, social justice and equality. Her interest in politics is lifelong, but her career began in the UK House of Commons, where she was a senior official for 9 years, leading the secretariat to several select committees and providing specialist technical and support and procedural advice to legislative and oversight processes in a variety of roles.
Sue has a PhD in eighteenth-century French literature, a degree in French and Arabic and an MBA. Outside work, she enjoys walking, travelling, eating and playing complicated games.