Jill Douglas our resident presenter interviewed Susanne and gained an insight into how she had become the top of her game and the journey she had along the way.
Having worked for TK Maxx, Harrods and John Lewis, Susanne inspired us all with the overwhelming message of give it a go! She said:
"Education is incredibly important but doesn't guarantee success. Work hard and be an asset to the business you work in, and be open to the opportunities that come your way".
With a hands on approach to running SuperGroup Susanne has made a number of changes and strongly believes you need to be in touch with the grass roots of your business and take the time to talk to your staff on a regular basis.
As if running a multimillion pound organisation is not enough, Susanne is about to take on a personal challenge and is taking part in the Prima Solutions Adventure Challenge in aid of the CARE charity, On Saturday 28 September.
The day will involve cycling, canoeing and running a total distance of 26.2 miles in the Forest of Dean & Wye Valley.
All sponsorship money raised by those taking part goes to CARE, a charitable organisation operating in 87 countries, helping the world's poorest find routes out of poverty.
CARE helps poor garment workers, shoemakers and tailors start (or expand) their small business and in doing so, enables them to feed their families and send their children to school.
Please look at Susanne's JustGiving page, link listed below, and help her raise the minimum required £400.00 - and hopefully a bit more to support what is a very worthy cause. http://www.justgiving.com/Susanne-Given
King's Independent School sponsored the event yesterday and brought along a number of sixth formers to have the chance to meet with successful local business people and be inspired.
This is what the pupils had to say:
"It was really inspirational and such a wonderful opportunity to meet so many women and hear their stories of how they had become successful in the business industry.
"It was extremely interesting to hear from Susanne Given, how despite having no University degree, she had achieved so many great things and got to where she is today, extremely motivating!"
Alistair MacNaughtan, Headmaster added:
"It was a pleasure and a privilege for King's to sponsor the 'Women Big in Business' lunch and, particularly, to be able to bring some of our girls to meet and be inspired by those who have worked creatively to make their businesses so successful.
"Hearing from someone like Susanne Given of SuperGroup talk about the building of a worldwide brand and describe some of the challenges of moving forward, not least during a painful recession, was also a wonderful bonus.
"You simply couldn't ask for a better role model for those setting out on the journey from school.
"The whole event though, also strengthened my feeling that schools also need to adjust to the realities of the business experience, and to make sure that all our country's pupils are aware of what can be achieved by hard work, by thinking independently and by taking the initiative, rather than waiting for the world to do everything for them.
"All in all, the event was two hours very well spent."
King's would be delighted to hear from any businesses that would like to get involved with supporting students, including valuable interview practice, work experience and a number of other local projects.
Please contact Sharon Bird if you would like to find out how you can help (S.Bird@thekingsschool.co.uk).
The next 'Women Big in Business' event takes place on Wednesday 4th December, when Jill Douglas will interview Mel Nicholls, Paralympian, and find out how Mel has overcome her personal challenges in life.
Hope to see you all there, have a great Autumn.
The Committee - Angela Edwards (Gloucester Rugby), Suzanne Hall-Gibbins (Circle 2 Success), Helen Lovatt Jelf and Kay Bethencourt (Barclays).