Before joining Network Rail in 2012 as General Counsel, Suzanne was the Company Secretary at Premier Foods Plc having joined that Group in January 2008. Premier is the UK’s leading food producer and manufacturer of some of the nations favourite foods including Hovis bread, Mr Kipling cakes, Sharwoods Asian foods, Branston pickle, Bisto gravy and OXO stock amongst others. She was responsible for the Group’s Legal, Company Secretarial and Trade Mark functions and sat on the Group’s Operations Board. Prior to this appointment Suzanne was Group Head of Legal at Gallaher Group Plc, the world’s fifth largest tobacco company and was responsible for the Group’s legal and trade-mark functions which were based across eight countries.

Prior to her career at Gallaher, Suzanne worked in private practice, undertaking her training contract at Lewis Silken followed by two years at Crossman Block & Keith (now Crossman Block) as an IP specialist, focusing mainly on trade marks.