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The Scottish Union of Supported Employment (SUSE)

The Scottish Union of Supported Employment (SUSE) is the national representative body for supported employment providers and anyone interested in ensuring that disadvantaged people across our country have the opportunity of a working life. It brings organisations together to support people with disadvantages to find and retain paid work by increasing the availability, quality and impact of supported employment services in Scotland.

In Scotland, the current employment rate of disabled people is only 43%, compared to 80% of their non-disabled peers - this is the Disability Employment Gap. However, in 2018 the Scottish Government launched the Fair Start Scotland programme, which offers the potential to expand supported employment services across Scotland. This is a once in a generation opportunity for SUSE to shape the future of employment services for people with disabilities and fundamentally improve the life chances of thousands of people who have been marginalised in our communities.

In 2017 significant changes took place at SUSE.  A new Chairperson took up post and the board decided to create a CEO role to take the organisation forward.  Since then SUSE have improved the governance of its organisation by developing a new mission statement and vision, recruited new trustees, developed a 3-year Strategy and Business Plan and played a leading role in the Scottish Government’s Expert Advisory Group on the Disability Employment Gap.

However, as they reach the end of their current strategic plan, and at this crucial time, SUSE are now looking for a new Chair to lead the organisation in delivering its next three-year strategic plan as well as playing a leading role in the Disability Employment Gap Public Social Partnership (PSP) which has been commissioned by the Scottish Government. A PSP is a strategic partnering arrangement which gives the third sector the opportunity to design future public services by trying and piloting new ideas and approaches.

As well as Chairing the Board, you’ll support (and sometimes supportively challenge) the Chief Executive and Leadership Team, represent SUSE on the European Union of Supported Employment - attending 2 board meetings a year and supporting the delivery of an international conference held every 4 years, the next one being in Oslo in May 2022.

The person they are looking for doesn’t necessarily have to come from the not-profit sector.  You may be from a management, employment, recruitment or HR background.  You’ll need to be the sort of person that can engage with a wide range of people and win their respect through your experience in influencing and connecting.  Above all, you’ll be committed to SUSE’s determination to help disabled people into work and support them in the workplace.

If this sounds like you and you are excited by this very important, but very rewarding voluntary position then please contact our recruitment team today for more information

How To Apply

Please email us at or call us on 01786 542 224 to request an information pack.

You are advised to get in touch well in advance of the closing date to give us time to consider your application and pre-interview the strongest applicants.

Closing Date: Noon, Friday 15th January 2020

This search is being conducted exclusively for The Scottish Union of Supported Employment (SUSE) by BTA (Bruce Tait Associates). Our leadership team have all worked in the voluntary sector and we use this experience to match organisations and individuals to create great appointments.