Sue is passionate about vocational education and training, and has extensive experience of working directly with users and at strategic policy level. This has entailed working with a diverse range of people and partners, including public, private, community and voluntary sector organisations, local authorities, universities and national representative/lead bodies.

Key Skills:

  • Development and implementation of work programmes in standards, qualifications and Apprenticeships for Community Learning and Development – having developed and reviewed NOS, vocational qualifications and Apprenticeship provision in England, Wales and Scotland. 
  • Qualified project and programme manager (Prince 2, MSP, APMP)
  • Learning design and resource development for adult learners
  • Partnership working with users and stakeholders


  • Member of the Sostenga Collective, member of the Endorsement & Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning (ESB), member of ETS committee for NYA, member of review group for QAA review of Youth and Community Work benchmarks
  • A range of contracts for local, national and regional organisations as a freelance consultant, including: Technical lead on review of National Occupational Standards, review of SVQ and Modern Apprenticeship in Scotland, review and development of Apprenticeship frameworks in Wales for lead organisation on Youth and Community Work for UKCES. Facilitation of strategic health partnership workshop for NCVYS. Consultant role on organisation’s review of working processes and quality against Ofsted criteria for CYM/NCVYS. Development work on material to support qualification delivery for ESB. Mentoring role for Housing Association community team for Hexagon
  • Lead and/or take part in process of professional endorsement for HE programmes in youth and community work in England as part of responsibilities of membership of ESB and ETS
  • Interim Head of Learning and Innovation at MOL, reviewing structure of materials produced and line managing newly formed production team
  • A range of roles for the Lifelong Learning Sector Skills Council including Community Development, Youth Work, Working with Parents, Family Learning across all countries of the UK. Roles included Policy Advisor, Project Manager, Partnership and Sector Manager as well as NOS and Apprenticeship Development Manager
  • Employment with a private training provider in range of roles working with vocational learners on Youth Training programmes. Employment started in training and assessing, then moved to development of self-directed learning materials and then into a project-based role within the central quality team.