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Adoption UK's new chief executive Sue Armstrong Brown

Published: 05.06.17

Adoption UK is delighted to announce that Sue Armstrong Brown has been appointed as its chief executive and started her new role on Monday 5th June.
Adoption UK's new chief executive Sue Armstrong Brown

Sue, who has a six year-old birth son and an adopted baby daughter, has a 25-year track record of helping charities to achieve their goals with government. Sue is a charity director and lead advocate, previously working for prominent organisations in the environmental sector including the RSPB and Green Alliance, as well as being an independent strategy and policy adviser.

On her appointment as chief executive, Sue said: “I am honoured to be entrusted with the leadership of Adoption UK at this pivotal time. My own adoption journey may not be typical, or as challenging as that of many others, but it has given me a deeply personal insight into some of the issues faced by our families and the support they need. Adoption UK is highly respected as the charity that speaks for adopters, and I believe passionately that we can and must work together to secure a brighter future for adoptive families.”

Sue says she hopes to build on the organisation’s “tremendous reputation as the voice of adopters”. She continued: “My vision for the future of Adoption UK is a growing organisation that speaks for all adopters, in all four nations of the UK, with a vibrant set of programmes and a strong community of supporters. I want to help our voice be clearly heard by government and other decision makers, to bring about systematic change for the better across the UK.”

Sue also paid tribute to her predecessor Hugh Thornbery CBE. “I’d like to pay respect to Hugh as an esteemed and influential leader, who managed the organisation through what was a particularly challenging time for both the charity and adoption sector, leaving a wonderful legacy on which we can all build.

“Another reason why the organisation is in such good health is because of the tremendous network of volunteers who give up their time to support Adoption UK. I look forward to meeting as many of our volunteers as possible at the volunteers’ day this autumn as well as our members at our annual conference in Birmingham this November, and sharing in more detail my hopes for the future.”

Peter Seymour, Adoption UK's chair of trustees said: We are very pleased to recruit someone of Sue's calibre to this crucial role. Her personal and professional attributes and insights, as an adoptive parent and a formidable campaigner, make Sue the ideal candidate to drive our mission forward. This appointment gives us all the opportunity to take stock before redoubling our efforts to provide the support and advocacy that all of our families need and deserve. I hope you will join me in wishing Sue every success.