About Us 

Our Directors 

Sue Hopgood, Managing Director 

Sue is the Managing Director of the CSLE CIC, providing the day-to-day leadership of the Company. 
Sue is a senior HR professional specialising in organisational development including talent, leadership, diversity, change management and improvement. Sue has recently retired from her full time role in leading the Organisation and Workforce Development function of NHS Blood and Transplant and now runs her own Organsiastaional Development Consultancy. 
 
Sue has a wide external HR, organisational development and leadership network that include colleagues from the Department of Health Arms Length Bodies, wider NHS, Police, Fire, Central Government, Prison and Probation Services. Sue chairs the Cross Sector Leadership Exchange, a multi agency group that works collaboratively to provide a range of leadership development opportunities within and across the different sectors. 
 
Sue has an MA in Strategic HR, is a qualified Teacher, a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and is a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. She has extensive public sector experience, and has worked in the Fire and Rescue Service, National Probation Service, Police Information Technology Organisation, National Health Service, the Education Sector, and in the Office of National Statistics. Sue enjoys visiting France regularly and spending time with her family 
 

Charlie Phelps, Director 

Charlie is a Director for the CSLE CIC, suporting the day-to-day leadership of the Company, managing the finances and is one of the delivery team. 
 
Prior to this, Charlie was Head of Unit for the National Police Leadership College covering talent management and senior leadership training across England and Wales. 
 
Charlie is a senior Human Resources manager with 10 years strategic HR experience gained within large public sector organisations. Previously he had a full career as a police officer, being an operational line manager for over 20 years across a range of different specialism’s including public order, vice and CID. In his later service he managed a career management team which improved the business through delivering HR strategies, managed internal and external selection and assessment, revitalised struggling projects of a national and local nature and delivered management development programmes. He enjoys the challenge of building and managing teams, problem solving, negotiating with internal and external stakeholders. He is also a tutor with the Open University Business School. 
 
Charlie’s key areas of interest include: selection and assessment processes; retention and exit strategies; induction; management training and development; leadership development; workplace assessment programmes and diversity programmes. Charlie is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD). He holds an Advanced Certificate in Employment Law (CIPD), a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Certificate in Company Direction through the Institute of Directors.Click on this text to edit it. 

Des Prichard, Director 

Des Prichard has recently retired from the Fire ands Rescue Service and acts as a consultant for the Chief Fire Officers' Association and the Institute of Directors. Des joined Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service in 1976, transferring to Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service in 1984. Between 1991 and 1994 he was a lecturer in command leadership and management at the Fire Service College, moving to East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service in 1995 to take up the post of Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Deputy Chief Fire Officer in 1996 and Chief Fire Officer & Chief Executive in 2001. 
 
He gained a Diploma in Management Studies at Putteridgebury College in 1991 and a Masters of Business Administration at Henley 1994. Des became a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors in 2006 and a Fellow in 2009. 
 
Elected as Chairman to the Association of Principal Fire Officers in 2001 and elected to the Chief Fire Officers’ Association Board in 2005. Des has significant experience of working with local and national politicians and senior civil servants and has given evidence at Parliamentary Select Committees. Awarded the Long Service and Conduct Medal in 1996, the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in 2006 and an OBE in 2011. Des is closely involved with the development of the Executive Leadership Programme with Warwick Business School and is working with Sussex University to support women in leadership roles. 
 
His interests are his family, hill walking, skiing, theatre, supporting Chelsea FC and fine wine. 
 
 
 
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