Sue is a former Director of Professional Development at the Association for School and College Leaders (ASCL) and of the Science Learning Centre East Midlands (SLCEM) at the University of Leicester. She has over twenty-six years experience in education, the majority of which have been spent developing CPD, leadership activities and programmes of professional learning.
Sue has held a range of pastoral and curriculum roles in school and it was during her teaching career that she became interested in CPD and its role in improving outcomes for young people. She then joined one of the country’s leading education CPD companies, Philip Allan Updates, where she designed workshops for teachers as well as conferences and revision schools for students in a range of subjects.
Her expertise enabled Sue to set up the (then) DCSF funded SLCEM providing CPD for science education from Early Years to Post 16. Her work focused on the leadership of science specific CPD and STEM partnership development as well as the accreditation of CPD at M level where she was joint lead of the ‘Issues in Science Education’ modules.
At ASCL Sue was responsible for keeping members skilled and up-to-date through the conferences, courses, consultancies and bespoke programmes developed. She also, during this time, brokered effective relationships and collaborated with other organisations in the field of leadership development. Sue also co-designed and developed the ASCL/University of Leicester PG Cert in ‘Effective Middle Leadership’ where she delivered seminars and tutored students as part of the course.
Sue established SMB Education Services Ltd in 2016 to provide personalised, strategic and operational leadership development support and guidance to schools. Her work is underpinned by a wealth of experience in organising and project managing CPD and her belief that high quality CPD for staff can improve the life chances of young people in our schools.