Sue has an MSc in Educational Leadership and Management as well as a First Class Honours BSc in Maritime Studies. She has just started her PhD in seafarer resilience.
Sue went to sea in 1989 and worked for F. T. Everard and Sons on their fleet of coastal dry cargo vessels and clean product tankers, rising to the rank of chief officer, subsequent sea service was gained deep sea with Shell and Pritchard Gordon Tankers on oil and gas tankers. She has also worked as a chief officer on a variety of other vessel types, including aggregate and harbour maintenance dredgers, fast craft and conventional ferries.
After leaving the sea, Sue worked at the UK Hydrographic Office for 10 years, where she was the first female editor of sailing directions. Subsequent roles included lights production manager, where she was responsible for producing paper Admiralty List of Lights and the digital ADP product, and one of the Lights experts for the UKHO; deputy publications standards manager, responsible for ensuring international and national standards in nautical publications; and finally as miscellaneous publications manager with production and editorial responsibility for The Mariner's Handbook, Ocean Passages for the World, and NP5011 Chart Symbols and Abbreviations. Sue also did extensive work on the AVCS vector chart series of ENC folios and was part of the 'Ask Admiralty' panel of experts.
Sue has been a senior lecturer at Warsash Maitime School for several years, teaching a range of professional short courses including acting as course leader for the Human Element, Leadership and Management (Operational Level) course, and Post and Undergraduate degree courses. She is also a member of the Warsash Maitime School ethics approval panel.
Sue has also been a guest lecturer at the World Maritime University, working with Dr Lisa Froholdt on the Mari-Wel Project.