Dame Suzi Leather

Independent Chair
Devon ICS


Suzi has held high profile leadership positions in regulation, health and the charitable sector including chairing the Charity Commission and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

She currently chairs the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education and is a past member of the General Medical Council. She has also served on the State Honours Committee and on the board of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service.

In the health field, she has chaired an NHS community and mental health trust and is now the independent chair of the Devon Sustainability and Transformation Partnership and chair of the Devon Ethical Reference Group. She is also a past chair of the ethics committee of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Her charity work has included chairing the School Food Trust, being the treasurer of a community playgroup, a volunteer for Age Concern and the first chair of St Sidwell’s Healthy Living Centre, then the UK’s only combined healthy living centre and UK online centre.

Suzi has a particular interest in the needs of disadvantaged consumers and is a past chair of the Lankellychase Foundation, an independent charitable funder focusing on addressing severe and multiple disadvantage. She was also a trustee of StepChange the debt advice charity, and chaired the Plymouth Fairness Commission.

Locally in Devon, she is a deputy lieutenant of Devon, a vice-president of Hospiscare and a past president of the Devonshire Association.