Revd Sue Colman. Hampshire High Sheriff 2020-2021
Revd Sue Colman Biography
I was born in Liverpool, grew up in York, and since marrying Jamie in 1981 I have lived and worked in London, whilst having a second home on the Malshanger Estate near Basingstoke. In 2011 we moved into Malshanger House, Jamie’s family home, and in 2012 I was ordained as a minister in the Church of England. I was granted the unusual privilege of a ‘mid-week curacy’ in London, and Permission to Officiate in the Winchester Diocese, enabling Jamie and I to become further involved in the local church and community. I am now licensed as the Associate Minister at our local church at Oakley with Wootton.
I began my working life as a Picture Restorer, but after having our family I worked for many years in pastoral leadership in our local church, developing counselling and pastoral resources. I have been a board member of a number of charities and also employed by a charity to support vulnerable young people, integrating spiritual and therapeutic wellbeing. I was on the clergy team of a church in London where I helped develop the safeguarding processes and culture and worked closely with the Caring For Ex-Offenders team. I initiated and ran a project engaging the church community in crisis lodging, fostering and adoption. I am also a chaplain at St Mellitus Theological College.
I am a mum to four grown-up children, and proud ‘Granny Sue’ to a granddaughter!
I am an adopted person myself and using that experience I was an independent Adoption and Fostering Panel member for my local authority. I am currently taking this High Sheriff year out from being a trustee of the charity Home for Good, which aims to find a permanent home for every child in the UK who needs one, but it is a vision that remains very close to all I do!
Time off will generally involve spending time with family and friends cooking and sharing a meal together, walking in the beautiful Hampshire Countryside, aspiring to draw more, and reading…novels or theology!