Susan Thompson started work as a Clinical Biochemist at Lewisham Hospital in London after completing a BSc (Hons) degree in Biochemistry and Physiology at Reading University. She then obtained an MSc in Clinical Biochemistry at the University of Surrey after which she moved to King’s College Hospital.
After a career break to raise her family, she trained as a science teacher and gained her PGCE through the Open University. She taught, specialising in chemistry, in state schools, a private school and a further education college. In 2011 she left teaching to work for the Royal Society of Chemistry as the Education Coordinator for the East of England.