With a background in education and specialty in health promotion Sue has been a passionate advocate for improving the health and well being of the community throughout her career. She moved from education to the community sector to work with the NSW Cancer Council where she held roles in education, media and communications and supported the growth of the fundraising program. Sue worked with the AMA (NSW) and Leukaemia (NSW) to assist in establishing their foundations and moved to a leadership role with the National Breast Cancer Foundation in 2000 and Suicide Prevention Australia in 2012.
During the five years Sue led Suicide Prevention Australia as CEO, the peak body has moved from strength to strength, both in terms of sector leadership and organisation sustainability through growth in Membership and other innovative project and partnership based funding models. Sue introduced the concept of a dedicated national suicide prevention research fund in Australia and led the campaign to get it funded by Federal Government to the tune of $12 million over three years. In January 2018, Sue accepted the role of National Research Fund Director at Suicide Prevention Australia to continue to be a driving force for the fund.
During the 10 years Sue led the NBCF she positioned the organization as one of the most highly recognized organizations in the community sector. This brought significant growth in the number of companies and individuals choosing to support breast cancer research. It also enabled the NBCF to publish Australia’s first ever National Action Plan for Breast Cancer Research and Funding which has changed the way breast cancer research is supported and managed in Australia.
Using her experience with NBCF Sue moved to the George Institute for Global Health to support fundraising for their research into the prevention of chronic disease and injury particularly in disadvantaged populations across Australia, India, China and the United Kingdom.
Sue is a Director of Good2Give; former Chair of Macquarie Community College and director of Research Australia; a member of the Sydney Advisory Committee for the Centre for Social Impact; and a member of Chief Executive Women.