Juror Profile

Susannah Rodgers
Her Abilities is a fantastic way to highlight the incredible work of women with disabilities all over the world, to give them a platform to share their achievements and for those to be recognised in a celebratory way. I feel honoured to be part of the judging panel for these unique awards and to celebrate with these inspirational women together.
Photo: Susannah Rodgers

Position/Job

Paralympic Swimmer, Communications Team - Public Affairs Officer

Country

United Kingdom

Short Biography

Susie Rodgers MBE is a Paralympic champion swimmer who has won a total of 30 international medals throughout her career, including Gold in the 50m Butterfly at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. She also won two bronze medals in Rio and is a triple bronze medallist from the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Susie with a First-Class honours degree in Modern Languages from Newcastle University and has worked for nine years as a project manager across different global education programmes at the British Council.

She is a Non-Executive Director on several boards, currently for the London 2012 Olympics legacy charity Spirit of 2012 and Raleigh International, as well as previously serving on the board of the British Athletes Commission (the UK's elite athlete welfare organisation), where she was the Chair of the Athlete Advisory Group. She also manages her own business - speaking, consulting and advising on various global panels including at the British Council, E&Y, for the British Government and others.
Susie is an Ambassador for charities including the Marine Conservation Society and for commercial brands.  

She works externally on diversity and inclusion initiatives, speaking on panels in the UK and abroad and is passionate about empowerment for all, especially for women and people with disabilities.  Susie was awarded an MBE in 2017 by her Majesty for services to swimming in the Queen's New Years' Honours list and is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum.