Staff Profiles


Mrs Suzanne Gough

Senior Lecturer

School: Faculty of Education Undergraduate Programmes

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922432

Profile summary

I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 1991 with a BA (Hons) Recreation Management,and have over 25 years experience of working in the context of sport and education.   

Initially I worked in Sports Development  for numerous District and Borough Councils developing sport. I eventually moved to Kent County Council  in 1999  as the School Sport Manager focusing on school sport and PE,   one of my key tasks  was implementing the TOPS programme - PE training for  primary teachers across Kent.

In 2003 I started work for the Youth Sport Trust (YST).  I supported 39 Local Authorities to implement the Governments National PE & School Sport strategy,  and offer high quality teacher training for both Primary and Secondary teachers in PE & Sport.  In 2008 I was promoted to Head of Education Development responsible  for the management of  the Professional Development Contract as part of the DfE PE and School Sport Strategy working with the Association for PE and Sports Coach UK.

In 2010 I became the Head of Coaching and Volunteering for YST managing a remote team across the country.  I was accountable for the £2.8million exchequer grant from Sport England for coaching and volunteering.  One of my highlights of this role was recruiting 583 young volunteers from schools across the country, training and deploying them to successfully deliver the Sainsburys 2012 School Games at the Olympic Park in May 2012.  

From 2013 I worked part time as a School Games Organiser for Thanet organising sports competitions for all schools, before coming to Canterbury Christ Church University in September 2016. I come to the University with a huge amount of sector experience and knowledge,  and  a vast network to call upon. 

In 2019 I completred my Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), and awarded the  HEA Fellowship. 


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