Lady Susie Sainsbury began her career in the international sales division of Oxford University Press before joining Jonathan Cape, where she worked first as Editor and then Commissioning Editor for its educational division, Jackdaw Publications.

Lady Sainsbury is a staunch supporter of The Arts. She serves on the board of The RSC, and is Deputy Chairman of the Royal Academy of Music and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

She is also an Hon Fellow of both the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the Royal Academy of Music.