After initially training as a teacher, Susan Ringwood has spent more than 35 years working in the charity sector. She was Chief Executive of the charity Beat (beating eating disorders) for 13 years (until 2015), and resides in Norwich, UK.
Susan was a member of the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence guideline development groups for the treatment of eating disorders, which set standards for evidence-based treatment. She has also served on a number of UK government committees and task forces related to eating disorders and mental health treatment.
Susan is a fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders, she was a founding member of the AED’s Advisory Board, is a former Chair of the Academy’s Patient and Carers’ Committee and was the 2008 recipient of the AED Meehan/Hartley award of Leadership in Advocacy and Public Service. Susan is currently Philanthropy Advisor for the Norfolk Community Foundation.
When she joined Beat in 2001 she knew absolutely nothing about eating disorders. What she learned — very quickly, and mostly from those parents she met — was that this is a confounding, challenging and downright scary place to be. Fast forward 17 years, and she is now on a F.E.A.S.T. Advisor after serving as a Board Member for some years, to do what she can to bring evidence-based treatment to all — in a way that involves, includes and respects families.