Susan joined the Liberal Democrats in 2003 because they were the only major political party to stand united against the invasion of Iraq. She stood in local elections the following year and has served on South Cambridgeshire District Council or Cambridgeshire County Council ever since.
Her work has focused on transport and access, in particular for young people and those with disability or financial disadvantage. Susan founded and coordinates two highly successful community action groups: the Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Community Rail Partnership and the A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign.
In 2012 she won Railfuture’s ‘Best Campaigner’ national award. Her brokering of the country’s most advantageous young person’s rail fare was recently highlighted by the Guardian and the Campaign for Better Transport. Susan’ collaborative work on the A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign saw the first ‘spade in the ground’ for the Greater Cambridge City Deal. She is a strong supporter of community transport schemes and has fought to protect rural bus services.
An immigrant to the UK, Susan became a British citizen in 2003. Her husband is originally Dutch and their three children were born in the UK. She is a passionate European and sees the best future for the UK as part of Europe.
Susan holds a Doctorate in Education from Harvard University and is the author of a book, One Family’s Response to Terrorism, outlining the quest for non-violent legal justice in the aftermath of her father’s 1984 assassination at the American University of Beirut.