Sue has lived in the Tees Valley for 35 years, all as an active Labour Party member and trade unionist.
Sue's career has been shaped by her commitment to public services and Labour Party values. She has worked across all parts of the Tees Valley and has been at the forefront of delivering community, housing, and regeneration projects. Most recently, Sue has helped develop and promote devolution and the bringing back of powers from Whitehall to regions, as Interim Chief Executive of the North East Assembly and Executive Director of the Yorkshire and Humber Assembly.
As Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council, Sue has led the Tees Valley's response to the closure of SSI - a closure that affected people across the region - and was instrumental in developing the Tees Valley's devolution deal.
Sue is active in her local community where she is a ward councillor. She is a keen a gardener, holding a RHS Certificate in Horticulture and supporting her local 'in Bloom' group. She has also won silver for her Victoria Sponge at her local church show.
Sue lives with her husband, Ian, and has one son and two grandchildren who she sees every week.