Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2016
Older People Fellowship supported by John Ellerman and Tudor Trust
Before taking up a Clore Fellowship full time in 2016 Sue Brown was Head of Public Policy for Sense, a charity which supports and campaigns for deafblind people. The role involved influencing public policy across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
From 1997 – 2002 she worked for Mind, first as Parliamentary Officer and then Campaigns Manager. Since 2013 she has been Vice-Chair of the Care and Support Alliance, a coalition of over 80 voluntary organisations representing older and disabled people and their carers which aims to influence government to provide more funding for social care.
Sue is passionate about enabling people to speak out for themselves on issues that affect them. At both Mind and Sense she worked to ensure that members could make their voices heard effectively by decision makers.
Throughout her career she has campaigned on issues related to disability equality including access to mental health services, funding for social care, and an understanding of sensory loss in older people services. Sue studied for her degree through the Open University and has an MSc in Policy Studies from Bristol University.
Current principal role: CEO
Current principal organisation: Arthritis & Musculoskeletal Alliance
Other leadership role 1: Trustee
Other organisation 1: VoiceAbility
Secondment host: Office for Civil Society