Baroness Sue Campbell CBE Delivers her InspiringWomen Talk


Baroness Sue Campbell CBE delivered a speech at UWS on Thursday 19 January 2016 as part of the University’s Inspiring Women lecture series.

This lecture series sees inspiring women give an insight into what and who inspired them and how they overcame barriers to achieving their goals and ambitions.  Baroness Campbell, who is Head of Women’s Football with the Football Association, delivered her keynote speech to over 140 people at the University’s Paisley Campus.

Trained as a physical education teacher, Baroness Campbell taught at a school in Manchester and lectured at Leicester and Loughborough Universities. During this time, Sue represented her country as a netball 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, Baroness Campbell became Chair of the Youth Sport Trust. She was appointed Head of Women’s Football with the Football Association in March 2016.

In April 2005 she was appointed as Chair for UK Sport, following 18 months as the Reform Chair. Baroness Campbell held this position for two terms until April 2013, where she presided over Team GB and Paralympic GB’s largest medal haul in living memory.

In addition to UWS staff and students, this event also saw pupils from Castlehead High School, players from Sirens, Scotland’s brand new and only professional netball team, as well as members of the Paisley 2021 City of Culture bid team in attendance to hear about Baroness Campbell’s journey and her vision for the future.

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, said:

“We were delighted to welcome Baroness Sue Campbell to our Paisley Campus to deliver this speech as part of our hugely successful Inspiring Women programme. Sue has had a fantastic career and is a truly inspiring individual and role model to our young people.  The insight she gave into her career was fantastic and I was thrilled to add Sue to our impressive range of inspiring women speakers in this series.”