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Who we are

Sue offers almost 30 years’ experience in HE management specialising in maximising careers outcomes for students and alumni.

She is a CIPD professional and has an MBA Higher Education Management, Strategic Management in HE Sector from UCL Institute of Education. Before joining Hardcastle & Associates, she led the CareersPlus service at WBS with a team of 35 staff, spanning careers, recruiter and alumni relations, to support sustained global rankings success across MBA, Masters and undergraduate programmes.

Her earlier HE career involved strategic and operational management of university-based recruitment agencies, financial consultancies and the development of a franchise model. With strengths in developing key relationships at all levels, Sue’s passion lies in coaching and facilitation to enable everyone to achieve their full career potential.

Sue has spoken at industry events including for the Chartered Association of Business Schools. 


Away from work, she can be found walking with her scruffy Jackapoo, Fergus; adores theatre and travelling; and loves to cook. Having recently completed a 100-day challenge to cook a different dish each day, with a terrible eye for portion control, her family and friends are now groaning under the weight of all the food served up on the Thorn table.

sue.thorn@hardcastleassociates.com