Susie Watts is head of Communications and Public Engagement. She leads on all aspects of communications, with a particular focus on demonstrating the relevance and value of social science research and how it contributes to society. 

Her team are committed to engaging audiences through a wide range of channels and activities. Their responsibilities include public engagement, external affairs, brand and reputation, digital communications, content development, campaigns, internal communications, press, publishing, social media and science communication. 

Susie is an experienced and professional communicator with over 20 years' experience in public relations, communications, public engagement and media relations across the public and private sectors.  Since joining ESRC in 2013, she has held a number of roles in the communications function looking after press and media, public engagement, external affairs and also leading on a number of high-profile ESRC events and prizes. Susie previously held communications roles in a range of organisations including Hartpury College, Nationwide Building Society and Lloyds Bank plc.