Sue was born in Stockton-on Tees and after a spell of growing up, went to the University of Liverpool to get a BSc Physiology, MSc research Neurophysiology. She then did 10 yrs elite sport transition with Aussies as a University lecturer. She also did her PhD in Exercise Physiology on the 'Effect of the menstrual cycle on athletic performance.'
She then became a consultant to Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) for women in sport issues and was a provider & consultant to AIS & New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) for elite athlete assessments & programming recommendations.
After that she did 8 yrs with the United states Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) as Director of sport science & Head physiologist. It was because of this she gained extensive experience in hypoxic and hyperoxic training, adaptation to and from altitude, impact of altitude, travel and competition on performance and elite athlete management strategies to minimise impact and optimise performance. She also gained extensive experience assessing new & challenging skill based sports from a physiological perspective and maximising interventions and tools to have credible practical impact on training programs or competition strategies to optimise performance.
Her main reason for coming to Scotland was for me and my daughter Caelyn to be close to family living in Invergarry. She found out about the job opportunity at SIS 48 hours prior to applications close from a previous colleague now working at the Welsh Institute of Sport and she started with the Institute formally in 2008 as Head of Physiology.