Sue was educated at Oldborough Manor Secondary School, Maidstone. She achieved several passes at ‘O’ Level, then went on to Technical College gaining 2 ‘A’ Level passes. After several failures in the job market she joined her father’s Law firm on a temporary basis, but six years later qualified as a Legal Executive. Upon her father’s retirement she joined the Chief Prosecuting Solicitors Dept. of the Kent County Council, which later became the Crown Prosecution Service.