Areas of Expertise
Climate adaptation through nature-based solutions, Green finance, Placemaking
Sue is CEO of the Landscape Institute, where she is focused on shaping the next strategic plan, and its development and implementation at a pivotal point in the LI’s history.
Previously, at Design Council, she oversaw the expansion and growth of a diverse portfolio of projects and programmes – first as Director of Architecture and the Built Environment, then Executive Director, and finally as Interim CEO. Her 25-year-plus career in the built environment, urban renewal and placemaking includes the delivery of the National Design Guide, High Streets Task Force, Home of 2030, and work with major infrastructure clients such as Network Rail and Highways England.
Prior to joining Design Council, Sue was CEO of Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust, founder of placemaking consultancy Around the Block Ltd. She is a landscape architect by training and further education lecturer. She has held senior positions with London local authorities, Groundwork London, Building Services Research Information Association (BSRIA), and a number of London Urban Study Centres. She is also a director of the Parks Alliance, a Civic Trust Buildings and Landscape Awards Assessor, and has judged a number of prestigious awards, New London, AJ Architecture, and Pineapples Awards.
Notable consultancy work includes project management for the restoration of the celebrated brutalist Grade2* listed Alexandra and Ainsworth Janet Jack/. Neave Brown Estate in Camden with J and L Gibbons and Erect Architecture. Her work has received LI, RTPI and Horticulture Week awards for work in the Wandle Valley and secured over 1.7 million investment for Wandle Valley Regional Park.