Suzanne Penfold completed a PhD in public health from Aberdeen University in 2007.

Since then she worked for 6 years in academia conducting evaluations of maternal, newborn and sexual health interventions in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2013 she started working as an independent research consultant, providing technical support to the design, conduct and output of research studies in a range of health areas for organisations including CAMRIS International, Marie Stopes International, UNICEF and WHO. Alongside conducting research, she has been teaching on the distance learning programme for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine since 2009 on modules for epidemiology, public health and infectious diseases courses.

She joined P95 in October 2019 as an epidemiologist.