Meet Our New Development Officer: Susan Downer

Our new Development Officer, Susan Downer

Favourite thing to watch
Animated films. Jungle Book was one of the first films I ever saw at the cinema. I love the Marvel Universe, Bojack Horseman, Coco, Wallace and Gromit, Megamind, Despicable Me, Shrek!, Ethel and Ernest… I even have a soft spot for Frozen.

Favourite thing to eat
My partner’s red lentil dhal. It’s warming, delicious, and ridiculously cheap and easy to make. If I ever found myself on Death Row it’s the one thing I’d be looking forward to. And dark chocolate.

Tell us a bit about yourself
I moved to Sheffield in 2000 and discovered the Peak District. I run at a pace better described as jogging, and occasionally find my own jokes so funny that I wake myself up giggling.

What are some of the things you’ll be doing at Sheffield Creative Guild?
I’m covering a sliver of Jane’s maternity leave (one day a week), doing the finances and fundraising.

Why did you start working with the Guild?
It’s important for creatives at all stages of their careers to have support, information, and networks. And for those exploring uncharted creative territory in worlds where they’re expected to ‘get a proper job’, it’s invaluable.

What are you hoping to do over the next year or so?
Improving our offer to members and increasing membership diversity are at the top of my list. Please email your ideas and I promise to take full credit.