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Professor Sue Richards Director of Strategic Capability National School of Government

Professor Sue RichardsSue Richards was appointed as Director of Strategic Capability at the National School of Government in May 2006, having previously been the Director of Strategic Leadership.   She was seconded to the National School of Government from the University of Birmingham, where she is Professor of Public Management in the School of Public Policy.

Earlier in her career she was on the faculty of the London Business School and then was a co-founder of the consultancy company, the Office for Public Management.  She is a leading contributor to ideas about public leadership, the modernisation of public services and crosscutting issues in public policy and public service.  She has written extensively in these fields, undertaken management and organisation development work, and before her move to the National School was responsible for leading the School of Public Policy’s work on strategic leadership. 

At the National School, she is responsible for developing the intellectual capital of the School.  Key to this is the Sunningdale Institute, which she directs.  The institute is a virtual academy of 35 leading academics and other thought leaders – from the UK and elsewhere.  Fellows are available to offer high value interventions to government, bringing their expertise and knowledge to bear on organisational and other issues.  Sue leads the National School’s partnerships with other public service academies.  She also heads the School’s internal processes for learning and innovation.

Sue has been or is involved in a wide range of advisory posts. She was until recently a member of the governing body of the Audit Commission for England and Wales, and chaired its panel on analysis and research.  She has also been a member of the Government’s Modernising Government Project Board.  For many years she acted as specialist adviser to various House of Commons select committees concerned with the civil service.  She was a member of the Advisory Board of the Office for Public Service Reform.  She is a member of the editorial board of the journal Transformation and also of the Journal of Public Leadership.

She is married, with a 23 year old daughter, and lives in London. Sue was awarded the OBE for services to public leadership in the New Year Honours of 2004.