Sue joined Richard Newton Consulting (RNC) as a Consultant in 2012. She met Richard at Rathbone Cymru where he was Director.
Before joining Rathbone, Sue worked for George House Trust, the North West’s leading HIV charity, in Marketing and Community Fundraising.
She has a 25-year long career in Audience Development in the arts and Marketing and Communications in the Charity, Education, and Sustainability sectors. Her CV includes The Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, Arts About Manchester (the precursor to the Audience Agency), Manchester Metropolitan University and Contact Theatre. Her freelance work includes projects for Conwy County Council, Pontardawe Arts Centre, Manchester City Council, the internationally acclaimed performance company, Quarantine, and the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art.
Sue is interested in Audience Development that broadens participation from non-traditional audiences and her work here includes assignments with Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places in Yorkshire and Northumbria.
She enjoys working with organisations to encourage Change and develop Marketing and Brand Strategy to increase their financial resilience and visibility. As Oldham Coliseum’s Head of Marketing, Sue implemented a change in strategy that led to a 6% increase in audiences and record-breaking box office revenue.
Chair of Manchester Craft and Design Centre 2008 – 2012
Chair of Community Arts North West 2002 – 2008
Trustee of Dance Manchester 1998 – 2004.
Greater Manchester Independent Mental Health Network – Lived Experience Reference Group Board
BA (Hons) Modern History, University of Oxford.
Faculty of History Gibbs Prize.
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Sue enjoys theatre, music, museums, and visual arts. She believes that everyone has a right to experience great art and volunteers with a range of people’s arts programmes. Sue is a committed turophile (cheese lover) and one of her favourite jobs was as a 40 something Saturday girl in her friend’s cheese shop where she could indulge her passion. If you want cheese recommendations, she’s your woman. She’s an avid reader and her house has far too many books. Sue loves the lesser-known Greek Islands and is planning her first post-pandemic holiday for some swims in the Aegean.