Sue Nelson

Sue began as a graduate designer in London and is Founder and CEO of Breakthrough Funding, which specialises in getting funding for innovative SMEs. 

She has held senior marketing and communications roles for international companies and PLCs in the food and tech sectors, before becoming CEO of North West Fine Foods.

She has been a Non-Executive member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Department for Communities and Local Government for six years, and advised ministers and presented at Select Committees. She was previously a governor at the University of the Creative Arts and has held non-executive roles in a number of public bodies and charities including Lantra (the land-based Sector Skills Council).

In the course of her work she has spoken at international conferences and appeared on all the UK’s major radio and tv news programmes, having been interviewed by Nicky Campbell, John Humphrys, Jon Snow, Kirsty Young, Sir Trevor McDonald and even Ann Widdecombe and Edwina Currie. She has also been a guest on a range of television and radio programmes from The Culture Show to Trisha and The Food Programme to BBC Breakfast

Sue has written extensively on marketing and user behaviour in the food and tech sectors, with articles in most of the national daily newspapers and in a variety of trade magazines. She has been a food columnist for Cheshire Life and Lancashire Life and is now food writer for Kent Women in Business Magazine. She is also author of The Definitive Guide to R&D Tax Relief and Naked Marketing along with six other books.

She is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, and is the Founder of The Food Tech Working Group, within Tech London Advocates. In March she won the Kent Business Woman of the Year Award 2017.

Sue is passionate about growing small businesses, and making sure they gain the funding and tax breaks they deserve so they can ‘breakthrough’ in their markets. Since she founded Breakthrough Funding in April 2015, the team have secured £6.8 million of R&D funding for hundreds of businesses.