Statement from Opportunity Peterborough
Statement from Opportunity Peterborough

The city’s economic development company, Opportunity Peterborough, is sad to announce the death of their highly respected and much loved colleague, Sue Addison.

Sue will be known to many people and businesses in Peterborough for her work with Business Link and the Learning & Skills Council, and for the last 7 years for her work in leading Opportunity Peterborough’s pioneering Skills Service. During this time, Sue transformed how companies, schools and young people interact; developing a service which won international awards and delivered a regional annual Careers Show – ‘Mission Possible’ – for thousands of young people each year.

Speaking about Sue’s contribution to the city’s skills agenda, Steve Bowyer, chief executive at Opportunity Peterborough, commented: “Sue’s work in inspiring not only young people in their career choices, but also local businesses to engage with their workforce of the future, was exceptional. She had an aspirational vision and genuine passion, and was a fantastic colleague to work with. She’ll be a great loss to Opportunity Peterborough, the city and wider region too.”

Sue had stepped down from her role earlier this year to focus on her health, but even then, continued to support the team in their activities on both a personal and professional level.

Sue died peacefully on the evening of Tuesday 4th September following a diagnosis of cancer last year. Her funeral will be held on Friday 21st September. If people would like to honour her memory, donations can be made to the Sue Ryder Foundation at Thorpe Hall, where Sue spent some of her last days, or to Cancer Research.