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Susan Lewis CBE was born in County Durham and went to school in Billingham, Llanelli (briefly), and Hartlepool. She graduated from the University of Newcastle in the late 1960s. From there she went on to study education at the University of Sheffield.
Susan stayed in Yorkshire for the next 16 years, starting out as a science teacher and ending up in charge of a secondary school. In the mid-1980s, she turned gamekeeper by becoming a school inspector in Wales. Susan later became the first woman to be appointed as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales. She was awarded the CBE for services to education in 2008.
Susan currently lives in Cardiff. Since retiring, she has pursued her passion for growing plants to eat and look at. She enjoys cooking, sewing, painting and drawing. She has also worked out family trees for herself and friends and written a couple of books which reveal her roots in the North East and Wales.
Her first book, Home on the range: growing up on Teesside in the 50s and 60s, was published in 2011. Diagonal Ties: a family history in Wales and the North East of England is her second book.