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Susan Howdle was appointed as a Governor of Oxford Brookes University on 1 August 2009.
After graduating from Oxford University and being called to the Bar, Susan taught law at Bristol and Sheffield Universities, until 1993. She went on to Chair Rent Assessment Committees and Leasehold Valuation Tribunals, serving until 1998 as the Vice-President and then Acting President of the Yorkshire Rent Assessment Panel, besides being a part-time Chair of Social Security Appeal Tribunals.
From 1998 to 2007, she was a member of the Council on Tribunals (now the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council), the body exercising supervisory functions over a wide range of tribunals and statutory inquiries. She chaired the Council's Economic & Regulatory and Standards & Performance in Tribunals Committees, and took an active part in the process leading to the unification of tribunal systems and the broadening of the Council's responsibilities into the wider administrative justice landscape, focusing on the needs of users.
In 1993-94, she was the Vice-President of the Methodist Conference (the annually elected leading lay office in the church). She has served as Deputy Chair of Methodist Insurance plc, as a member of a wide range of trustee bodies and as a School Governor. As Chair from 1996 to 2002, she led the merger of various organisations into MHA Care Group, a major national voluntary provider of specialist care and housing for older people.
In August 2009, Susan became Chair and Trustee of Westminster College Oxford Trust Ltd (the 'residuary' body which was created upon the merger of the college with Oxford Brookes University, to have responsibility for the continuing relationship).