Suzanne worked for the social housing regulator for almost 20 years supporting the publication of regulatory judgements and the organisation’s broader quality assurance function. For the duration of her employment she served as an elected trade-union representative, initially as a member of Unison and subsequently as a member of Unite.

In 2011, Suzanne was elected to the position of branch secretary for the large, dynamic, multi-employer Unite Housing Workers Branch, which primarily represents members across the housing-association sector. For the last five years she has served as an elected member of Unite’s National Executive Council, the union’s highest ruling body.

Alongside others in her branch, Suzanne was a founding member of the Social Housing Action Campaign, creating a common organising forum for housing workers, tenant groups, campaign organisations and housing activists. She continues to support SHAC’s development. Whilst serving as a trade unionist, Suzanne achieved a first-class honours degree in Industrial Relations, Economics and Labour Law, and subsequently gained a PhD in community unionism from Birkbeck, University of London.