Sue is a former teacher and Magistrate. She co-ordinated the Durham Writing project and was tutor for Adult Literacy and Numeracy for many years. Sue served as a magistrate in County Durham and Darlington for 23 Years.
She chaired both family and adult courts and implemented the magistrates in the community scheme in this area. She was a member of the Judicial Review Board for England and Wales and Vice Chairman of the Advisory Committee which is responsible for appointing and training Magistrates
Sue has devoted much of her life to supporting and fundraising for charities. In particular the work of Cancer Research, both locally and nationally and Hospices care across the Lieutenancy area.
A great supporter of communities she was one of the founder members of the Bishop Auckland Town Centre Forum. She chaired the marketing and promotion group which developed and implemented an events led strategy designed to lift and raise the profile of the town and immediate surrounding areas
She has also worked on a regional basis in driving the development of communities to increase quality of life and led a team who were nominated by the Regional Development Agency to represent the Region in the National Enterprising Britain Awards
A major Regional event which she and her group started was the Bishop Auckland Food festival. They organised, managed and nurtured this initiative to a point where it became a very large visitor attraction and was handed over to Durham County Council in 2011 for its future development.
Sue lives near Bishop Auckland with her husband Keith whose family have farmed in County Durham for over a century. She remains very much involved with the local community, working with schools and colleges, the local community partnership and many other groups.
As the Lord-Lieutenant her aims for the Lieutenancy are to provide a focus for identity, unity and pride; give a sense of stability, recognising achievements, success and excellence; promoting service to others; celebrating the unique history and culture of the Lieutenancy area; supporting its communities and helping to make a positive contribution to the areas future.