Sue Campbell, Baroness Campbell of Loughborough

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Susan Catherine Campbell, Baroness Campbell of Loughborough, CBE (born 10 October 1948),[1] is a British sports administrator who was chairman of UK Sport between 2003 and 2013.

Educational career[edit]

Campbell was educated at Long Eaton Grammar School and Bedford College of Physical Education, followed by the University of Leicester where she obtained a Master of Education degree.[2] She worked as a physical education teacher at Whalley Range High School in Manchester for two years in the early 1970s, before becoming deputy director of Physical Education at Leicester University in 1972. She was a lecturer in the Department of Physical Education and Sports Science at Loughborough University from 1976. In July 2011 she received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Bedfordshire.[3]

Sports career[edit]

In 1980, Campbell was appointed regional officer for the East Midlands by the Sports Council of Great Britain. She was deputy chief executive of the National Coaching Foundation for one year in 1984, before becoming its chief executive for a decade, 1985 to 1995. She was appointed MBE in 1991. Campbell became chief executive of the Youth Sport Trust in 1995, having played a key role in setting it up. She was an adviser to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Education and Skills from 2000 to 2003.

In 2003 Campbell was appointed as chairman of UK Sport,[2] the new name for the Sports Council of Great Britain, and appointed CBE in the same year. She held this position for two terms until April 2013, presiding over Team GB and Paralympic GB's incredible performance at the London 2012 games. Campbell retained her executive position with the Youth Sport Trust until 2005 when she became its chairman.[2] Campbell stepped down as Chair of the Youth Sport Trust in December 2017.

On 10 November 2008 she was, on recommendation by the House of Lords Appointments Commission, created Baroness Campbell of Loughborough, of Loughborough in the County of Leicestershire.[4] Lady Campbell of Loughborough sits on the crossbenches of the House of Lords. She chose to make her maiden speech on the subject of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.[5]

Campbell was appointed Head of Women’s Football with The Football Association in March 2016, and became Director of Women’s Football in January 2018.


In February 2013 she was assessed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4.[6]


  1. ^ Sam Leith: When a Lord (aka Lady) is not a Lord (aka Lady)...
  2. ^ a b c Campbell, Susan Catherine’, Who's Who 2008, A & C Black, 2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 accessed 15 Nov 2008
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "No. 58884". The London Gazette. 17 November 2008. p. 17799.
  5. ^ Olympic Games 2012 — Debate
  6. ^ BBC Radio 4, Woman's Hour Power list

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