Born in 1958, Susie Sheldon grew up in Surrey and then studied History at Exeter University where she met her husband Jamie.  It was through his family that she came to live on the Isle of Wight.  After graduating from University she qualified as a Chartered Accountant with international firm KPMG. After a secondment to the tax department at Unigate she worked in the KPMG small business practice. She left in 1988 to set up her own accountancy business.

In 1994 she and Jamie moved back to the Isle of Wight and took over the family farm at Kings Manor near Freshwater and have run the family businesses from there ever since.

She has been involved in local charities and youth organisations, particularly with sailing, tennis, music and riding. Having set up an IOWPC youth tetrathlon project, she was invited to advise on inclusion in the sport at the national conference. She was instrumental in founding the IOW Sports Foundation and the Royal Yacht Squadron IOW Foundation and became Trustee and Chairman of both charities.

In 2011/2012 she was High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight and has been a Deputy Lieutenant since 2012.

Her three children and one grandchild live in London and Vancouver but are frequently back on the Isle of Wight. All the Sheldon family share interests in sailing, sport, music, and rural activities in which they partake whenever time allows.