WST Trustee Sue Anstiss awarded an MBE

We are thrilled that Women’s Sport Trust Board member, Sue Anstiss has been awarded an MBE in the 2018 New Year Honours list.

Sue was one of the very first Trustees to join WST’s Board and she has been an invaluable member of the team ever since.  Her creativity, energy, humour, drive and innate sense of fairness have all helped WST to evolve into a leading voice for women’s sport in the UK.  Beyond WST, she has spent over 25 years encouraging people to live more active lives in both her professional career and via senior voluntary roles.

On a personal level, there is little we love more than seeing brilliant women being properly recognised for what they do and the impact it has.  Sue Anstiss MBE is definitely one of those brilliant women.


Sue Anstiss, the CEO of Promote PR, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year 2018 Honours List for her services to grassroots sport and women’s sport.

The prestigious Queen’s honour is in recognition of Sue’s unwavering support for community sport and her work to raise the profile and increase the impact of women’s sport.

Over the past 25 years, Sue has volunteered her time to lead and support a number of local and national charities. She is currently Chair of Get Berkshire Active, a founding Trustee of the Women’s Sport Trust and a non-executive director of the County Sport Partnership Network. Her previous roles have included being non-exec director at the British Association of Sports Sciences (BASES), ProActive West London and ukactive. Promote PR, the sports and fitness PR agency Sue founded in 1994, also donates 10% of its time to charitable causes every year.

Commenting on Sue’s award, Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE, former GB and England Hockey Captain and Gold Medallist at the Rio Olympics, says: “For me Sue is the ultimate inspiration. It is one thing to ‘want’ to make a change for the better. It’s an entirely bigger thing to actually make that happen and take action.

“Sue’s passion for grassroots sport is extraordinary. Over the past 25 years she’s been a woman on a mission to get more people playing sport more often.

“Sue’s made a significant contribution to increasing the profile of female sports role models through her work and the time she dedicates as a board member of the Women’s Sport Trust Charity, of which I am a Patron. She also generously provides pro bono time of her team at Promote PR to increase media coverage and attract more commercial funding for women’s sport.”

Sue says: “I was so surprised and incredibly humbled to receive such a prestigious award. I feel hugely honoured to be be recognised in this way.

“At times like this, it’s natural to think about making your loved ones proud, so receiving this award is slightly tinged with sadness. My dad, who was the ultimate sports fan, passed away earlier this year. I know he would have been extraordinarily proud to hear that his daughter had been awarded an MBE. It’s a great tribute to a man who encouraged his daughter in sport as much as his three sons; someone who recognised ‘great sport is great sport’ whether played by men or women.”