Sue has served five terms as a Christchurch City Councillor and six as a Christchurch Community Board member. She is an accredited RMA Commissioner with Chair’s Accreditation, and is the South Island Planning Manager for The Property Group Ltd. As an elected member, Sue’s “been there, done that”, made the mistakes and earned her stripes. Her experience covers everything from dogs to drinking, gambling to prostitution (in a regulatory context), RMA consents and district plan changes, bylaw making, designing bespoke consultation processes, writing resolutions that stick, chairing hearings panels, chairing the Council’s submissions panel, chairing the Canterbury CDEM group, to serving nine years as a board member on Christchurch City Holdings Limited and another three on Orion Group.
Sue understands the real-world pressures faced when you are on a council or community board, and is a passionate advocate of upskilling local government elected members.
Her pre-council life was spent in broadcasting, on both radio and television. She was the first presenter to host a show on CTV, a channel with which she still holds a strong connection.