Having left Sussex University with a degree in Social Anthropology, Sue worked in the creative industries in Manchester and for an arts charity (York Arts Centre) in various roles including finance which led her to train as an accountant at a small firm in York. She qualified with ACCA in 1991 and subsequently obtained the Diploma in Charity Accounting.
Sue came to work with Janet Slade at J. Slade & Co in 1992 and they formed the partnership Slade and Cooper (later Slade & Cooper Limited) in 1994. She has taken many different roles within the firm and is currently responsible for human resources in the organisation.
Since my teens I’ve been involved in a wide range of voluntary sector activities, campaigns and political activism, says Sue. This has often involved the arts – film, music and dance – I’ve played in a number of bands from punk rock to klezmer and teach klezmer dance.
Sue is currently the chair of Greenpeace UK and involved in the New Mills Transition group. She lives with her partner in the High Peak leading a full life now that their daughter has left home to pursue a career in green chemistry.