Engagement Partners

Suzanne Riley

Engagement Partner

Inspire (Salford), Chester Aspire (Chester), Aspire (Cardiff)

University of Salford, University of Chester, Cardiff University


Suzanne joins John Smith Group with over 25 years’ experience in management, having spent the first 18 years of her career in the banking sector, transitioning to the Higher Education sector 9 years ago, where she has worked in a variety of senior commercial managerial roles.

She returned from Australia in 2017, where she had been working as a senior business development manager, for the Australian National University, leading in the management of multiple international complex projects, consulting and executive training.

Suzanne’s experience is broad, having held a variety of UK and international senior roles within the HE sector. She is practised in delivering and developing new strategies, projects, recruitment, internal and external engagement and relationship management, to a vast array of audiences within the UK and overseas.

Since Joining JS group in 2018, Suzanne has worked with the University of Salford to grow their Scheme from 5500 benefitting students to over 14,000.

She has also taken on the University of University of Chester’s Aspire Scheme and Cardiff University’s Aspire Scheme , where she has worked closely with the Universities to support their widening participation schemes and  expand their digital capability and disability schemes, working with all eligible students and academics to ensure students have the right products to support their individual needs at University, attrition rates are reduced, student satisfaction is high and student course engagement is maximised.

Please check out these brilliant videos below for each scheme:

Salford Inspire Scheme

Chester Aspire Scheme

Cardiff Aspire Scheme