Curriculum Vitae

Susan Quilliam is passionate about helping people have the best relationships they can have. This CV outlines her work. 

As well as coaching clients face-to-face on relationship and intimacy issues, Susan is sex and relationship agony aunt for Fabulous Magazine, Britain’s biggest-circulation Sunday supplement; resident advisor answering patient questions for the Sexual Advice Association website; UK Dating Expert of the Year 2015 at the UK Dating Awards.

Susan is author of 22 books published in 33 countries and 24 languages. Her latest book, How to Choose a Partner, is based on the relationship course she co-wrote for the global self-development organisation The School of Life. Three of her books have been written for Relate and The Samaritans, with whom she has worked closely. In 2008 she also rewrote the classic book The Joy of Sex.

Susan is a regular presenter at international conferences and has also spoken several times at the Royal Society of Medicine on the links between relationships and health. She also uses her teaching experience in less formal contexts and is on the London faculty of  The School of Life, where she designs, writes and delivers workshops on relationships and intimacy.

Susan has written and commented for all major British Sunday and daily newspapers and websites plus several US and worldwide publications; she also comments regularly on radio and television and from 2008-2010 co-presented an agony phone-in programme for LBC. 

Susan consults regularly for PR and advertising agencies through surveys, reports, presentations and advisory board work. Her more recent projects include helping a national pharmacy think through their women’s sexual health strategy, and supporting a nationwide campaign for family relationships. Projects Susan has worked on have won PR Week Award for Campaign of the Year and PR Week Award for Ethical Health Care.

Susan’s academic involvement focusses on how improving relationships can improve health. As well as serving on the Council for Sexuality and Sexual Health of the Royal Society of Medicine, Susan is also on the Advisory Board of the Sexual Advice Association. From 2003 until 2015, she was Consumer Correspondent on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care and still contributes regularly to the Journal. Other past projects have included advising the Enduring Love? project at the Open University on maximising their public engagement strategy, and helping the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists create and develop their media team.

Susan is one of the Family Planning Association’s 21st Century Achievers and has in the past been nominated for the Our Bodies Ourselves Health Hero Award. She has also been shortlisted for the Family Planning Association’s Rosemary Goodchild Award for excellence in journalism, and has served as a judge for this and several other awards in the annual Sexual Health Awards ceremony.

Susan has also advised and campaigned for a number of charities dealing with relationship problems; currently she is the Ambassador for Relate Cambridge and a Patron of the Outsiders charity.

Qualifications: Honours Degree in Psychology, University of Liverpool; Cert Ed Hons; DipNLP; MNLP; qualified Trainer and Teacher-Trainer of Co-counselling; co-founder of the Brussels Co-counselling Community.

Memberships: General member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists; Associate member of the British Society for Sexual Medicine and the Royal Society of Medicine; Member of the Medical Journalists Association and the Society of Authors.