Sue Dean

Sue Dean

Associate Consultant, UK

Skills & experience

Sue Dean is a skilled senior manager with 28 years’ experience of leading teams in consultancies and not for profits to design and deliver impactful development programmes. Before becoming a consultant, Sue worked for Save the Children UK, Options Consultancy Services and the British Council, where she led teams to secure and manage multiple complex, high value (£5m plus) programmes from the UK Government and many other development agencies. At Save the Children UK, Sue was DFID partnership lead with responsibility for oversight of the entire SC UK DFID account, a portfolio of up to 80 programmes across 21 countries. During her 15-year tenure at Options, she was instrumental in its growth as it increased its annual turnover from £1M to £20M. The focus of Sue’s work is helping organisations to plan and effectively deliver increased impact and funding. Her management skills include strategic planning and leadership of teams. She is skilled in partnership management, new business development and programme management, including compliance; negotiation and contracting and consortium formation and management. Sue also has an in-depth understanding of sustainable development issues, value for money and results.

Case studies

Sue helps senior INGO leaders to face key strategic challenges, particularly in how to adopt a sustainable funding model. She focusses on how they may diversity and grow their donor funding base, develop a unique proposition and how to build business development capacity. She provides expertise in understanding donor priorities, particularly UK Government funding, and how to adapt their organisations for compliance with donor requirements. Recent work has included: leading a £9M social protection FCDO contract bid; mentoring of Head of BD and review of team processes; market review of climate change funding; fundraising strategy for a joint NGO livelihood initiative; development of a DFID focussed operational manual and training for a prime contractor and their partner; and training on the UK Govt’s Conflict, Stability and Stabilisation Fund.