Deputy Director of the Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, Practice and Place, University of Liverpool

With a background in research and policy development, Sue has undertaken a prominent role over the last decade working across the public and private sector to lead the development of policy and programmes in the Liverpool City Region. This includes leading negotiations with Government on employment and skills for the 2008 Multi Area Agreement, establishing a multi-agency Child Poverty and Life Chances Commission in 2010, developing the Liverpool City Region Deal in 2012, leading the strategic governance review to establish the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority in 2014 and negotiating the skills aspects of the 2015 Devolution Deal, including devolution of the £51m Adult Education Budget.

Alongside this, Sue led the development and delivery of Knowsley Council’s policy and strategy function from 2010-2017, ensuring this was underpinned by effective research and intelligence, business transformation and performance management arrangements.

Previously Sue was Director of Regeneration and Employment at Manchester Enterprises (the economic development agency for Greater Manchester and forerunner to Greater Manchester Combined Authority). In this role Sue successfully produced Greater Manchester’s first Economic Development Plan and led the development of Greater Manchester’s multi-disciplinary City Strategy pathfinder.

Sue is a geography graduate of the University of Manchester. She began her career as a researcher in local government before moving to the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York and then back into local government. During this time Sue gained an MPhil from the University of Sheffield through part-time study.


  • 2019–present
    Deputy Director, Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, Practice and Place, University of Liverpool