Sue is a former Welsh Assembly member representing the Cardiff North Constituency. She was Minister for Environment, Planning and Transport in the first term of the Assembly and was Minister for Finance, Local Government and Public Services in the second term.
Sue is a qualified planner and worked for many years in local government and as a lecturer in planning at Cardiff University. She served as a local Councillor in Cardiff for sixteen years and became the first woman Leader of Cardiff City Council. She also served as a member of the Countryside Council for Wales. Since standing down from the Assembly in May 2007 she led a review on behalf of the Assembly Minister on affordable housing in Wales and also advised UWIC and Bangor University on leadership and collaboration postgraduate teaching.
She has been made an Honorary Member of The Chartered Institute of Housing, The Royal Society of Architects of Wales and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management.