Chief Operating Officer, Portsmouth
Suzannah returned to full time work after being a full time mum in 1995 and took a job as administrator at a supported housing project for young people with mental health and substance misuse issues. Her passion to support young people led her to apply for a support worker role in that same project which led to a 25 year career in health and social care. She quickly stepped into a management role as deputy manager of a registered hostel for homeless young people. In 1999 she led the development of one of the first one stop shops for young people, turning an empty butchers shop in a highly deprived area into a vibrant drop-in with multi agency support. She went on to manage the new service and its sister drop-in, in Portsmouth. In 2001, Suzannah took up her first joint commissioning role in substance misuse and since then has held a number of senior management and director roles across health and social care spearheading the integration of both services and commissioning. Suzannah has been a strong advocate of breaking down the barriers between providers and commissioners which facilitated her joining the Trust in 2019 as Deputy Chief Operating Officer whilst retaining a role in Portsmouth CCG.