Sue has been an elected member of Manchester City Council since 1995. She is a Labour and Co-operative Party Councillor, representing Brooklands Ward in Wythenshawe. She is also Deputy Leader of the Council, and has held that position since 2010. Her current responsibilities include Public Service Reform, international links, social inclusion and equalities. Previous portfolios include Finance and Resources, and Employment and Skills.
Sue is also Deputy Chair of the Local Government Association and a member of their Leadership and Executive Boards. She is also chair of Trustees of MASH (Manchester Action on Street Health), a director of CLES (Centre for Local Economic Strategies) and Chair of Trustees of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, the appeal set up after the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena.
Sue brings extensive experience across key areas: the regional skills sector, public sector reform and the devolution agenda. Sue was made a CBE in the New Year’s Honours 2016 for her political and public service.
Sue is also a member of the Local Government Association's Resources Board and leads on European Funding for the LGA, as well as Employment and Skills. She is also chair of trustees of MASH (Manchester Action on Street Health).
Previous jobs include working for a newspaper, and for a Member of the European Parliament.