Sue Black is the Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist at Durham University, a digital skills expert, social entrepreneur, consultant and international keynote speaker.
She has a computer science PhD, management and change management experience and is passionate about sharing her knowledge and excitement about the opportunities that technology offers.
Sue is a successful social media campaigner heading up the campaign to save Bletchley Park, with expertise in leadership and the equality challenges faced by the tech industry.
Named in the list of top 50 women in tech in Europe, and winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Lovie Awards 2018, Sue is one of the leading tech personalities in the UK today. An Honorary Professor in the Department of Computer Science at University College London and a Senior Research Associate at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.
With an ever-growing following of over 64K followers on Twitter, Sue is an advocate for the positives of social media crediting Twitter as the primary force in her campaign to save Bletchley Park.
Sue’s first book Saving Bletchley Park – the story of how social media rescued the home of the WWII Codebreakers is the story of the successful campaign that she led to save Bletchley Park becoming an Amazon bestseller and was the fastest crowdfunded book EVER!
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In 2017 she received the Social Impact ABIE Award at the Grace Hopper Celebration, was made an OBE in the New Year Honours list 2016. She sits on the Government’s advisory board for improving digital services and the Board of Comic Relief.
Sue’s motivational keynote speeches focus on her determination to bring her family out of poverty to build a successful career through education, technology and a drive to succeed.
She was a guest on Desert Island Discs covering all things tech and how to “be your best self on social media” and appeared as a panellist in the special edition of Woman’s Hour recorded live at the British Science Festival in Brighton.
Sue is the focus of a film made by Universal and another as part of the BBC Ideas online platform in which she tells her story and shares her advice for being successful and finding the superhero in yourself.