Chair: Susan Deacon
/>A regular contributor to policy and leadership forums across the UK, Susan’s passion and interest lies in bringing people and ideas together to achieve practical and sustainable change. Her career has included leadership roles in education, business and politics, as well as extensive study and practical experience of public policy development and implementation.
Susan is Assistant Principal for External Relations and a Professorial Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and was previously Professor of Social Change at Queen Margaret University. She has served on a number of Boards in both the private and charitable sectors and as an adviser to many organisations on leadership and strategic change.
She is currently a Non-Executive Director of ScottishPower Ltd, Lothian Buses Ltd and the Institute of Occupational Medicine. Previous roles include Chairman of Scottish Power Renewable Energy Ltd, Scottish Government Early Years’ ‘Champion’, Founding Chair of the Hibernian Community Foundation and a Board Member of the Iberdrola Foundation, Pfizer UK Foundation, Traverse Theatre and Dewar Arts Awards Trust.
Susan was MSP for Edinburgh East and Musselburgh from 1999 to 2007 and served as Scotland’s first Cabinet Minister for Health and Community Care following devolution. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, in Social Policy and Politics and later an MBA, her early career included senior management roles in local government, management consultancy and higher education.