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Sue Isherwood

QuestionWhat inspires you?

AnswerPeople who say ‘yes’

QuestionHow do you relax?

AnswerWine and walking – not necessarily together!

QuestionWhat single thing would improve the quality of your work-life?

AnswerTeleportation – I spend far too much time on trains

QuestionWhat is your greatest fear?

AnswerAny lasting harm coming to my daughter

QuestionWhat is your guiltiest pleasure?

AnswerReading the Guardian over the breakfast table when I should be writing that next report….

QuestionWhat words or phases do you most overuse?

Answer‘Actually’ and ‘in the deep doo doo‘ (acknowledgements to Bernard Ross)

QuestionWhat has been your most challenging situation as a leader?

AnswerGetting on the wrong side of a senior politician

QuestionWhat did you learn from that experience?

Answer`To concentrate on the issue, give it enough time and try to get into their skin/ inhabit their point of view

QuestionWhat is your idea of perfect happiness?

AnswerFoie Gras and trumpets would fit my bill too

QuestionWhich book(s) are you reading at the moment?

AnswerThe Story of an American (Sir Hustvedt), Peeling the Onion (Gunter Grass) and Lend me Your Ears - all you need to know about speeches and presentations (Max Atkinson)

QuestionWhich 'leader' from the past or present day do you most admire and why?

AnswerMillicant Fawcett – for making a real difference to women’s lives and Nelson Mandela for never giving up, being able to hold the image of a different future, the ability to forgive and brilliant statesmanship

QuestionWhere would you like to live?

AnswerWhere I live now in rural Somerset, but with a little less rain……

QuestionWhat is your favourite smell?


QuestionIf you were a super hero, what would your power be?


QuestionFor what cause would you die?

AnswerNot for an abstract cause, but for some special people

QuestionWhat do you consider to be your greatest (professional or personal) achievement?

AnswerBeing part of the team at the British Film Institute which established media studies as a serious discipline – oh yes it is!

QuestionWhat has been your most embarrassing moment?

AnswerMy Carousel slide projector jamming terminally about a third of the way through a presentation at the Royal Academy – pre PowerPoint days, of course.

QuestionIf you were stranded on a desert island what 5 things would you want with you?

AnswerA photo of my partner and daughter, a penknife, pencils, books – and glasses


Sue Isherwood

Name: Sue Isherwood
Title: Director of Leading Learning Programme
Organisation: National Culture Forum
Location: Nationwide

Represents and supports public sector professionals in the culture & leisure field.