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Susan began her career in finance, rising to become a VP of Citibank in Chicago. After returning to the UK, Susan and her husband set up a number of partnerships including Future Water International and Infrastructure Capital Partners.
In 2000 Susan was the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London and in 2005, was elected MP for her constituency of Richmond Park. During her time in the Commons she was in turn a member of the Treasury Select Committee and Liberal Democrat spokesperson for International Development, Trade & Industry and Transport
Susan was introduced into the House of Lords in 2011 focussing on finance and business issues, including her long-standing interest in developing a framework for community banks where she led the way in proposing amendments to the Financial Services Bill to proportionately regulate peer-to-peer finance.
She was appointed as Minister of State for Transport in October 2013 and, in 2015, was appointed as the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Economics.