Susie was elected as a councillor in 1998 whilst continuing to work in Parliament. She grew up in Yorkshire with her six brothers and sisters and left for London at the age of 24 to open a travel business. She is very much a family person and has a son and daughter. Her father's words: "stop complaining and do something" still ring clearly in her ears. Before leaving her job in Parliament she worked on many projects including getting more women into politics and organised the first plaque in the House of Commons to a woman; this was to the suffragette Marjorie Hume who fought for the right of women to vote. She often spends more than 60 hours a week on her council duties, and much of this being spent in Lancaster Gate on local ward issues. She presently serves as Deputy Cabinet Member for Housing; where she has continues to push for more affordable housing. She is a member of both the Planning and Licensing committees, the Discretionary Housing Panel and sits on the Adults' Health and Public Protection Scrutiny Committee.
She is passionate about fairness, justice and opportunities for for all. When serving as Lord Mayor in 2011/12 her charities were: Veterans Aid (a charity for ex-servicemen) Mayhew Animal Home (an animal hospital and rescue centre), Kidscape (a charity specialising in tackling child bullying) and Eaves (a charity for victims of trafficking and prostitution). Her interests include the environment and animal welfare. Her present challenges are to campaign to get rid of non-biological plastic bags and bottles; bring back glass bottles with a deposit system and push for more council tax bands at the high end so those with the most expensive homes—worth more than £5 million—pay a fairer contribution.
She brings enthusiasm, commitment and dedication to local residents, businesses and Westminster. Her passion and energies are firmly rooted in Lancaster Gate and in developing Westminster into a great place to live and work.