SPEAKER PROFILE

Sue Nelson is an award-winning businesswoman, author, broadcaster and speaker recently named as one of the Top 20 Global Food & Agri Influencers and Thought Leaders. She built her company from scratch and sold it to the international multi-billion turnover Ernst & Young (EY) within 5 years. She has a vast experience of talking to a range of audiences mostly on business growth topics and using ground-breaking employment practices to accelerate to hyper profitability. She is also a renowned expert on foodtech and food and agri innovation and has been the host compere for the International FoodBytes London event in November 2019 as well as many other global business events. 


How to build a buy-out. Sue explains how to go from zero to hero in an inspiring and in turns sad and funny presentation. How she created a workforce that lived and breathed her brand and developed relationships that turned new clients into ambassadors for her company. But first she outlines the things you need to know before you start and how to deal with the numerous ups and downs you will encounter - from unhelpful banks to pursuing non-payment of invoices, pragmatically overcoming gender bias and winning new business while competitors try to undermine you from the sidelines. Sue also openly lays bare the personal adversity she has had to overcome and how she found the strength to carry on. 

EVENT HOST, PRESENTER AND SPEAKER

Sue is a highly experienced interviewee both on national radio and television and has appeared on every national television and radio news programme in the UK from CNN, Sky News, Radio 5 Live and Radio 4’s Today Programme to The Culture Show, BBC Breakfast, The Politics Show and The Food Programme. Having been interviewed by Nicky Campbell, John Humphrys, Jon Snow, Tony Wilson, Gordon Burns, Kirsty Young, Sir Trevor McDonald and even Ann Widdecombe and Edwina Currie amongst many others.

AS AN INTERVIEWEE ON NATIONAL TELEVISION

In the last five years she has also presented over 400 radio programmes as the lead presenter of the FoodTalk Show and TechTalk Show interviewing well known guests such as Sheila Dillon, Maggie Philbin and Ali Campbell of UB40. 

LIVE RADIO PRESENTING

She is a member of the Guild of Food Writers with a regular column in Speciality Food Magazine, and is the author of ten books including FoodTech UK and the Fine Food Lover’s Guide with Simon Rimmer the co-host of Sunday Brunch.

Sue is the founder and sole owner of the multiple award-winning Breakthrough Funding, which was sold to EY (Ernst and Young) in 2020. The company won the coveted Independent Tax Consultancy Firm in the UK 2019 at the Tolley Awards for its role in gaining over £60 million of funding for innovative UK start-ups. She was awarded the Kent Business Woman of the Year in 2017 and the London and South East Director of the Year 2019 by the Institute of Directors.

For six years she was a non-executive member of the Audit and Risk Committee at the Department for Communities and Local Government under Sir Peter Housden and latterly Lord Kerslake. She has also been a trustee of Lantra Sector Skills Council and a governor of the University of Creative Arts with Loyd Grossman and is currently a director of Produced in Kent.

She is a keen home cook and enjoys good wine and excellent company. The rest of her spare time is taken up with her grandchildren and pottering around her allotment by the sea.