Susie's strengths lie in communication using her skills as a linguist and working for a decade across cultures, diplomacy, brand strengthening, networking and ambassadorial support. Combine this with her ability to achieve at the highest level in elite sport and she will support your business in it's growth and development. Susie has an excellent understanding of inclusion and diversity, having lived experience of a severe physical impairment from birth. Susie is a professionally qualified (through the Financial Times) and experienced Non-Executive Director with expertise in strategy development, concept creation, communication and policy development, diversity and inclusion and political lobbying. She is a skilled public speaker and innovator.
Susie has experience working across cultures on projects incorporating bilateral work. She understands the need to speak a client's language and understand their background in order to work better with them. She studied Modern Languages at Newcastle University (French, German and Spanish) specifically because she believes in the importance of language learning to support economic development and political engagement. Susie recently represented the British Council and Sport at the 4th annual Meeting of the China-UK People to People dialogue. She has experience talking to people at all levels, on different agendas. A skilled linguist, she is now learning Mandarin to continue working with China in the future on shared programmes. Susie currently advises the British Council and other organisations on their global disability and inclusion work.
Leadership and director roles
Alongside her career as an athlete and her work for the British Council, Susie also sits as a Director on several Boards: currently the London legacy charity Spirit of 2012 and more recently she was appointed to the Board of Raleigh International. Susie chairs a sub-committee for Spirit of 2012, the Spirit of Achievement panel, which specifically oversees inclusive projects and grant programmes undertaken by the charity. She previously chaired the Athlete Advisory Group at the British Athletes Commission (a UK based Olympic and Paralympic athlete welfare organisation funded by the Government) and worked successfully for over four years on various athlete welfare and duty of care in sport cases and investigations. Susie also sits on the Audit and Risk and Performance Evaluation panels for both Spirit of 2012 and Raleigh International. She has a decade of experience developing projects from working on pilot programmes, right through to fixed project cycles. She has worked extensively on Risk and Issues, Recruitment and Monitoring and Evaluation throughout her career. Susie was selected as one of 100 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum in 2018. As part of this prestigious selection, Susie will embark on a five-year guided international leadership programme with fellow YGLs.
Motivational and Public Speaking
Susie is a talented inspirational speaking. She has spoken for Women's Networks at Shell, client events for Samsung including Vodafone staff days, Awards ceremonies for London Sport and GLL as well as at schools both local and in China. She was a keynote speaker at the launch of the Inspiring Women programme in Beijing in 2016 at the British Embassy. Susie is a highly skilled communicator, capable of adapting her inspiring speech about performance at the highest level to a wide variety of audiences both in the UK and abroad. She also recently spoke on an internal panel at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office about accessibility and inclusion in business at a celebration event marking the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities. She uses her language skills to appeal across cultures. Whatever your agenda for the day, Susie can work with you to incorporate your key messages and to promote your agenda alongside discussing her inspiring professional and athletic performance.