Sue has over 30 years experience in the NHS from a clinical background in nursing, midwifery and health visiting. She has also been a university lecturer, before moving into a Primary Care Trust and then becoming a Children's Lead in a Strategic Health Authority.

She took a few years out of the NHS to read law and complete a further degree in Criminal Justice, through which she developed a keen interest in youth justice, mental health and the impact of these upon children and families. Secondments to now the Departments of Education and Health followed.

From 2013, she has worked independently on a range of projects across the country in both youth justice, CAMHS and services for vulnerable children.