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Suzi Leather

Dame Suzi Leather lives in Exeter and is married with three adult children and a
grandson. She chairs the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education, the ombudsman for higher education students; serves on the board of the General
Medical Council; and is a trustee of Stepchange, the debt advice charity. She is a
Deputy Lieutenant of Devon and a lay chapter canon at Exeter Cathedral. An active,
if slow, triathlete she also enjoys long distance walking, has done four camino routes
to Santiago de Compostela and last year completed the GR20 in Corsica.


Suzi has a wide professional background having been Chair of the Charity
Commission, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the School Food
Trust, the School Meals Review Panel, the Council of Food Policy Advisers and
Lankellychase Foundation. She was the founder Deputy Chair of the UK Food
Standards Agency and has also served on the Council and Ethics Committee of
Exeter University. In the health field she chaired the Exeter and District Community
NHS Trust and the Ethics Committee of the Royal College of Obstetricians and
Gynaecologists. She has been a member the Human Tissue Authority, an observer
member of the Human Genetics Commission and sat on the steering group of the
UK Stem Cell Bank. More widely, she was a member of Consumer Focus and the
United Kingdom Accreditation Service.