Sue Campbell trained as a physical education teacher, taught in Manchester and lectured at Leicester and Loughborough Universities. During this time, Sue represented her country as a player, a coach and a team manager. She then went on to spend four years as a regional officer with the Sports Council (now Sport England) before moving to the National Coaching Foundation (NCF). Following 11 years as the Chief Executive of the NCF, she became Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust. In February 2005, Sue became Chair of that organisation. In March 2016, Sue was appointed as Head of Women’s football with the Football Association.
Among many honours, Sue has received 10 honorary doctorates and in June 2003, Sue was awarded a Commander of the British Empire for her services to sport.
In April 2005 she was appointed as Chair for UK Sport, following 18 months as the Reform Chair. Sue held this position for two terms, and following a very successful Olympics/Paralympics in 2012, she stood down as Chair in April 2013.
In December 2008 Sue was appointed to the House of Lords as an independent Crossbench Peer.