Sue has an undergraduate BSc degree in Town and Regional Planning from the University of the Witwatersrand, an MPhil in Land Economy from Cambridge University and an MBA from the IE Business School in Spain.
Prior to the establishment of City Insight, Sue was deputy head, then head of the Strategic Projects Unit of the eThekwini Municipality – a unit established to manage projects of strategic importance to the City. Here she was involved in conceptualising, motivating, planning and budgeting for new projects based on an analysis of needs, funding and priorities. Her work also included the procurement of multi million Rand contracts for the unit, including developing bid documents, driving the procurement processes and managing legal issues and contracts, often under tight timeframes.
During her tenure in the Strategic Projects Unit, Sue was integrally involved in delivering over R5bn of major infrastructural projects, including the delivery of the Moses Mabhida Stadium, the regeneration of eThekwini’s CBD and beachfront, and the building of smaller sports hubs – all of which assisted in significantly changing the face of the city.
Sue has also worked as a fieldworker in a rural development NGO, a University lecturer and as a planning consultant, specialising in low income housing issues.