Sue was formerly secondary trained in Human Movement Studies and taught in secondary schools and completed outreach work in local schools. Having then been selected to take a lead on a TDA initiative for a Local Authority re: training primary colleagues as specialist in physical education, she then went on to become an Advisory Teacher responsible for first, middle and primary school physical education.
Sue trained as an Estyn and Ofsted team inspector for primary physical education. Whilst working in a Local Authority she was seconded to several Universities working on Initial Teacher Education programmes both in England and Hong Kong. Sue loved this work and became a Director of PE ITE and then as an assistant Director of Teaching and Learning at a Midland University. From there she was then seconded by the British Association of Advisers and Lecturers (baalpe) and the Youth Sport Trust (YST) to work on a national strategy for professional development, including the design of the PESSCL programme.
In 2003 Sue became the full time Professional Development Manager for baalpe and in 2006 when baalpe and PEA UK merged, she became the national Business Development Manager. Having overseen several national strategies for PE and school sport, and becoming a technical adviser to the TDA, Sue became the Association for Physical Education (afPE) Strategic Lead in 2011. She has authored and co-authored several publications and is currently leading the association’s initiatives for Quality Mark, effective use of the Primary PE & Sport Premium and the new trail blazing Level 5 and 6 qualification for primary generalists in PE.
In 2017 Sue was promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer of afPE and subsequently received an MBE for her services to education.
In July 2019, Sue received an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Bedfordshire for her outstanding services to physical education.