06 Sep 2017
13 Oct 2017
Hours per month
1 to 10 hours
Long Term

A brief history of SUSE

The Scottish Union of Supported Employment (SUSE) is a membership body representing organisations and practitioners who deliver supported employment across Scotland.

Supported employment is an internationally recognised model for enabling disabled and vulnerable people to gain and retain work, focussing on person-centred planning and sustained in-work support.

SUSE was established in 1995 and seeks to promote supported employment by working with policy makers, supporting members to develop and deliver high quality support and sharing innovative practice across our membership and beyond.

We have been influential in establishing and promoting the practice of supported employment in Scotland, culminating in the Scottish Government publication of "A Working Life for All Disabled People: The Supported Employment Framework for Scotland" in 2010.

Recently, SUSE was influential in ensuring Scotland’s new employability services include the provision of high quality supported employment as part of Fair Start Scotland, which will launch nationally in April 2018.

A new challenge for SUSE

We are entering an exciting new phase of development for SUSE.  Our Board have recently appointed our first Chief Executive Officer to ensure that high quality supported employment continues to be delivered and offered to those in Scotland who will benefit from it.

We are developing a new strategy which will re-establish our brand, improve our membership offer and set SUSE on a course to become the centre of  excellence for supported employment in Scotland.

To help us move forward we are seeking new Board Members who share our vision of equality and diversity in Scotland’s workplaces and a commitment to best practice and partnership working.

The SUSE board has vacancies for new Trustees who have the skills we need to achieve our strategic objectives and those who are currently involved in the delivery of supported employment.

We are particularly keen to encourage applications from candidates with skills and expertise in the following areas:

  • Accounting and financial management
  • Legal practice
  • Management and development of accredited training
  • Individual Placement and Support
  • Digital technology
  • HR and/or employment law
  • Lived experience as a beneficiary of supported employment

We would also welcome applications from supported employment practitioners in the north east of Scotland, the south west and the Highlands & Islands.

Board member responsibilities include attendance at 6 scheduled meetings per year, our AGM and annual conference, financial and fiduciary governance of a Scottish charity and providing challenge and support in order that our CEO can deliver SUSE’s strategy successfully.

Please note - A person will not be eligible for election or appointment to the Board if she/he is disqualified from being a charity trustee under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005.

To apply:

Please prepare a current CV and a (maximum) one page letter, detailing the skills you can offer SUSE as well as what you are hoping to gain from joining us as a Trustee.

Please submit these to:  Michelle Ramsay –

Please write SUSE BOARD APPLICATION in the subject line.

All applications will be considered carefully by our Board and we will contact all candidates to discuss their application further.

Should you have any specific questions or like to discuss this opportunity further, please contact us.


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