Suzanne McCarthy is the UK's Immigration Services Commissioner. Prior to that appointment, she held a variety of senior postions within the public sector including Chief Executive of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and Chief Executive of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. In addition to being a member of RIBA's Board, Suzanne is also a member of the Board of the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals NHS Trust and on the Council of the University of London. She is also a member of the Pensions Regulator's Determinations Panel.
With first class degrees in law from the universities of New York and Cambridge, Suzanne initially practised law and was a lecturer at Manchester University for three years. She then entered the senior civil service and gained a variety of experience including working as Private Secretary to Home Secretaries Kenneth Clarke and Michael Howard, and at HM Treasury. She numbers architecture and dance among her interests.