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Theresa Shearer, ENABLE Scotland

ENABLE Scotland

Chief executive

Theresa Shearer, ENABLE Scotland

ENABLE Scotland

Chief executive


Theresa Shearer is chief executive officer (CEO) of ENABLE Scotland, the country’s largest charity dedicated to creating an equal society for every person who has a learning disability.

Theresa leads a social care organisation that campaigns, fundraises, and supports people in Scotland who have a learning disability to have the choice and control to live the life they want to live.

Theresa is a member of the Scottish Leaders Forum, and a Trustee of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), and Impact Arts. In 2017, she became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

A Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, (CFCIPD), Theresa was the first woman in Scotland to complete a Diploma in Corporate Direction via the Institute of Directors (Dip IoD), aged just 29. This year Theresa was selected to attend Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management (SPNM) programme, joining charity leaders from around the world.

Last year, Theresa was invited by the Scottish Government to chair the Scottish Fundraising Working Group, leading a national consultation on fundraising regulation. The Cabinet Secretary accepted the recommendations of the group in July 2016, which led to the establishment of a new regulatory framework for fundraising across the UK.

In 2016 she sat as Scottish Observer on the board of the Fundraising Regulator for England and Wales, providing a vital link between the activities of the newly-established twin regulatory groups.

Before re-joining ENABLE Scotland as chief executive officer, Theresa was an independent consultant specialising in strategic development and financial sustainability. She advised and supported many of Scotland’s leading charities and social care service providers to implement transformational change programmes.

Prior to this, Theresa was chief operating officer at ENABLE Scotland.

Theresa’s earlier career comprised 10 years working for UK recruitment and outsourcing company Kinetic Plc. There she provided flexible HR and recruitment services to organisations ranging from Blue Chips to SMEs.

Theresa is a regular speaker at events on a range of topics, and provides media commentary on third sector issues such as social care and fundraising.

She believes in the power of digital to transform the way charities communicate, and in November 2016 was named one of the top 30 UK charity CEOs on social media.

All session by Theresa Shearer, ENABLE Scotland