Contact Us
Call us on: +44(0)1332 810 481

Home » Speakers » Professor Sue Black


*Fees are a guide only. Exact cost will be dependent on requirements and are subject to change.

Professor Sue Black

Professor Sue Black is a keynote speaker and Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist at Durham University. Since obtaining a PhD in Computer Science, Sue is passionate about sharing her knowledge and excitement about the opportunities that technology can offer. In addition, Sue was named one of the top 50 women in tech in Europe.


About Professor Sue Black OBE

Professor Sue Black is a social media campaigner. She was the brains behind the campaign to save Bletchley Park and is also a digital skills expert, consultant and social entrepreneur. Moreover, she is an expert in leadership and breaking down equality challenges faced by the tech industry. In March 2023 Sue will be BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT Deputy President.


Professor Sue Black was the recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Lovie Awards 2018. She is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Computer Science at University College London and a senior Research Associate at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.

Passionate about platforming women in computing, Sue founded the BCSWomen network, the UK’s first online network for women in tech. Additionally, she founded #techmums, a social enterprise which empowers mums and their families through technology.

Crediting social media platform Twitter as instrumental in her campaign work to save Bletchley Park, Sue wrote a book about the process entitled, ‘Saving Bletchley Park – how social media saved the home of the WWII Codebreakers.’ In 2017, she received the Social Impact ABIE Award at the Grace Hopper Celebration, was made an OBE in the New Year Honours list 2016. She sits on the Government’s advisory board for improving digital services and the Board of Comic Relief.

As a keynote speaker, Sue talks about leaving school at 16, being married by 20 with 3 children at 23, then becoming a single parent at 25. She recounts how and why she developed the motivation and resilience she found to change her and her children’s lives.  Sue’s motivational speeches focus on her determination to bring her family out of poverty to build a successful career through the golden combination of education, technology and a drive to succeed.

She was a guest on the iconic episode of Desert Island Discs, covering all things tech and how to “be your best self on social media,” Sue also appeared as a panellist in the special edition of Woman’s Hour recorded live at the British Science Festival in Brighton.

Sue is the focus of a film made by Universal and another as part of the BBC Ideas online platform in which she tells her story and shares her advice for being successful and finding the superhero in yourself.

Booking Information


"One of the most inspiring people I’ve met in a long time"

Lynette Webb, Senior Manager, External Relations at Google

Professor Sue Black News

Jan 11, 2024

International Women's Day 2024: Celebrating Women in STEM

You may also like

Helen Sharman

Became the first British Astronaut in May 1991, aged 27

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner

Former Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism

Spencer Kelly

Presenter and technology guru

Alex Hunter

Branding expert, angel investor and company incubator

Dr James Bellini

Business analyst and futurologist

Tiago Amaral

Named one of the Top 10+ Web 3 speakers in the world and co- founder of Inevitable

Victoria Scholar

One of the UK TV’s foremost financial commentators

Lynne Crowther

Social media consultant

Steve Wozniak

Technology Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Apple

Timothy Armoo

Marketing expert and CEO of Fanbytes

We would love to hear from you

Enquire here

Please don't hesitate to get in touch today and one of our experienced agents will get back to you.

Contact Form [CTA]

The Speakers Agency
Browse By


Browse By

Annual Events

Simon Reeve after dinner speaker
Browse By


Browse By


Proudly Supporting
Read More About Our Support

Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.

Our former Managing Director Sylvia Tidy-Harris is one of their national Ambassadors and we are proud to support this great charity.

Stay In Touch

To stay up to date with the latest news and developments at The Speakers Agency please subscribe with your email below.