Susan Swindells and Eric Knowles

About Susan Wood

After seventeen years  as a secretary/paralegal in the legal profession, Susan joined BAE Systems as a Contractor  in 1999,  during which time she conceived  the idea for the Lytham Proms (now renamed ‘the Lytham Festival’), but left the Company seven years later to take up the role of full-time Mum.

After losing most of her hearing, Susan decided it was time for  a change in her professional life and has spent the last three years both retraining and working in Horticulture, something she has always loved, and qualified this year (2015).  Susan has a special interest in Horticulture as therapy, especially in relation to hearing loss and autism.  Susan writes regularly for the Press on a vast array of subjects, but, with a specialism in horticulture, and is published in both Britain and America.

Susan’s interest and enthusiasm for music did diminish for a time whilst she learnt to live with and accept her  hearing loss, well that was until she discovered one instrument that she felt she could hear exceptionally well……the Harp, and which she is presently learning.  According to expert opinion there is no possibility that Susan can hear the harp, but is very similar to Evelyn Glennie in that she senses the music through sound vibration, due to the Harp resting on the shoulder.

Susan’s other interests include time with family, fundraising with the RNLI, travel, art and gardening.

Susan is more than happy to discuss any matters on this site and welcomes enquiries – so please do not hesitate to get in touch with Susan via email at