Expert Biography

Susan Heaton-Wright is a Virtual impact, communications and speaking Consultant for emerging leaders and the creator of the Superstar Communicator™ methodology. She is an international speaker; the MD of award winning music company, Viva Live Music, podcaster and a former prize winning international opera singer.

She delivers virtual seminars, workshops and individual training for many companies including Astra Zeneca, Deloitte, RBS,  Shell, Microsoft,  AXA, the NHS and Quintiles. Her area of expertise is in Impact, Presence and spoken communication. Many of her clients go on to be interviewed on Sky News and BBC as well as speaking at industry conferences.

As a CPD accredited speaker, she regularly delivers remote speeches and seminars to professional organisations and businesses, as well as leaders and emerging leaders in organisations. She has spoken in Lithuania, France and The Netherlands, as well as throughout UK, at conferences, as a   panellist,  business events,  lunch and learn sessions  and trade shows. More recently Susan has been speaking virtually to international audiences, including virtual conferences. Since March 2020 she has delivered over 170 virtual workshops to attendees from more than 60 countries worldwide.

She is regularly interviewed on BBC Radio Five Live; BBC2, local radios and international podcasts. Susan has contributed to articles in Forbes, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Thrive Global, The Scotsman and trade publications. In 2020, she was named as an #ialso 100 top inspirational female entrepreneur in UK.

Susan is the MD of Viva Live Music; delivering high quality live musical entertainment for high end corporate and private events as well as exclusive venues in the  United Kingdom and Europe. Clients have included Royalty, Multi-National Companies and Celebrities. She leads over 100 talented musicians and performers and has influenced the industry in how suppliers are treated and paid, as well as being a role model for performers within the industry.

Susan is a former opera singer: she performed as a soloist throughout the United Kingdom; in France, Italy, Spain and the United  States, in opera, concerts  and  recitals.  Susan worked with top conductors including Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Mark Elder as a soloist and has sung for Royalty. She premiered a number of new works for ENO Works, and a for a number of composers including John Joubert and Elis Pehkonen. Susan performed at notable venues including The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Durham Cathedral and Symphony Hall Birmingham; at the Covent Garden Festival and the Cheltenham International Festival. Concert work includes Britten’s War Requiem; Verdi Requiem and Songs of the Auvergne. Opera roles included Tatyana, Marenka, Pamina, Electra (Idomeneo), Michaela and Mimi. Susan has appeared on BBC1 and Radio 3.

Susan is a graduate of the University of Durham in the United Kingdom. She taught in India, Kenya and London before re-training as a singer.

Susan is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, The Royal Society of Arts and the Incorporated Society of Musicians. Susan is a former Regional  President  of PSA UK, for the Eastern Region. She leads a project of musicians in Greece annually, to deliver music workshops to refugees in Athens as part of the ‘Love without Borders’ charity.

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