Sue Slipman

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Sue Slipman OBE (born 3 Aug. 1949)[1][2] was President of the National Union of Students of the United Kingdom between 1977 and 1978. She later joined the National Union of Public Employees. Since then she has held a wide range of appointments and offices in the public sector and the field of training and education.

The youngest of three sisters from a close and happy though often poor working-class Jewish family [3] and a graduate in English[2] of the University of Wales, Lampeter, Slipman went on to take a postgraduate course at the University of Leeds, from where she was elected NUS vice president in 1974[2] PGCE[2] at the University of London. A member of the Communist Party of Great Britain, she was elected President of the NUS on the Broad Left ticket. She subsequently served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Communist Party before joining the Social Democratic Party as a founder member in 1981.[2] Supported by David Owen, Slipman stood for the SDP in the working class constituencies of Basildon in 1983 and Hayes & Harlington in 1987, coming third on both occasions. Sue Slipman stated at the 1987 SDP conference that "The SDP should retain the classless opportunities provided by Thatcherism" and that "The SDP should civilise the Thatcherite project" and that "The SDP should be a friendly critic of Thatcherism".

In the late 1970s Slipman served as an executive member of the National Council for Civil Liberties.[4] Slipman also worked at the National Council for One Parent Families who called for abolishing the age of consent completely.[5] From 1986-95 she was Director of the National Council for One Parent Families which she rallied in support of the Conservative Government's Child Support Agency [6] though it led to harsh cuts in single parent benefit payments. Slipman went on to run the London TEC Council (the co-ordinating organisation for the Training and Enterprise Councils in London) . Also a strong voice in women's issues, from 1992 she was a member of the Working Group on Women's Issues to the Secretary of State for Employment. She has also written a number of books aimed at improving the situation of women, and single parents, in the workplace.

In 1994 Slipman received an honorary degree of Doctor of Arts from Oxford Brookes University.[7][8]

In 1998, Slipman became Director of Environmental and Social Responsibility for the National Lottery operators, The Camelot Group, where she stayed until 2003. She then moved to become Chairman of the UK's Financial Ombudsman Service. In 2005 she became a director of the Foundation Trust Network, working with foundation hospitals within the NHS.


  1. "Weekend birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian Media. 2 Aug 2014. p. 51. |access-date= requires |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Profile in The Guardian 26 October 2005 , accessed 14 June 2012
  3. Profile: Single mum with attitude: Sue Slipman, one-parent campaigning dynamo - Voices - The Independent
  4. The Left's web of shame: It's not just Harman, Dromey and Hewitt | Mail Online
  5. The 'right’ to sleep with children was one 'civil liberty’ that NCCL supported - Telegraph
  6. 'Child Support Groups Dismayed by U-turn' Independent, 22 December 1994
  7. "Sue Slipman OBE". Oxford Brookes University. Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Honorary Graduates profiles alphabetical list". Oxford Brookes University. Retrieved 30 April 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Clarke
President of the National Union of Students
Succeeded by
Trevor Phillips