Professor Sue Black OBE

Award-winning scientist, speaker and social entrepreneur

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MIX Diversity Developers - Prof. Sue Black. Photo by Ali Tollervey
MIX Diversity Developers - Prof. Sue Black
MIX Diversity Developers - Prof. Sue Black
  • Biography

    A multi award winning Computer Scientist, Technology Evangelist and Digital Skills Expert, Professor Sue Black was awarded an OBE for “services to technology” in the 2016 Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. She is Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist in the Department of Computer Science at Durham University, a UK government advisor, thought leader, Trustee at Comic Relief, social entrepreneur, writer and public speaker.

    Sue set up the UK’s first online network for women in tech BCSWomen in 1998 and led the campaign to save Bletchley Park, home of the WW2 codebreakers. Sue’s first book Saving Bletchley Park details the social media campaign she led to save Bletchley Park from 2008-2011. Sue has championed women in tech for over two decades, founding the #techmums social enterprise in 2013 and the pioneering TechUPWomen retraining underserved women into tech careers in 2019.

    Passionate about technology as an enabler Sue didn’t have a traditional start to her career. She left home and school at 16, married at 20 and had 3 children by the age of 23. A single parent at 25 she went to university, gained a degree in computing then a PhD in software engineering. Sue now has 4 children and 6 grandchildren.

    Key Topics:

    • Disruption
    • Innovation
    • Mentoring
    • Social Media
    • Technology
    • Strategy

    Available for:

    • Conference speaking
    • Keynote speaking
    • Virtual events
  • Client Feedback

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    “Sue is a phenomenon: she brings to life social media and IT.”

    Lucian J. Hudson
    Director of Communications
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    “Sue is a delight to work with, full of enthusiasm, extremely knowledgeable … one of the most inspiring people I’ve met in a long time.”

    Lynette Webb
    Senior Manager, External Relations
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    “Dr. Black is an amazing public speaker. Funny, captivating, and most importantly educational and informative. One of the best speakers I’ve seen in years!”

    Whurley
    Founder & CEO
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    “Dr Sue Black is always a riveting speaker, with informative content and a personal warmth which makes her a pleasure to listen to. She has a clarity and an ability to get to the heart of something and in simple language which makes her a rare person.”

    Baroness Rennie Fritchie
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    “I highly recommend Sue as a speaker. When she spoke at our Leadership Academy for young women in Tech she received brilliant feedback. The audience loved her honesty and advice on how to get on in business whilst remaining your authentic self.”

    Karen Gill MBE
    Owner
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