Our CEO & Executive Team
The CEO and Executive Team work together with the Board of Trustees to make sure the best strategies and policies are implemented to run ENABLE Scotland efficiently and effectively.
By being a well-run organisation, we are able to continue our work for an equal society for every person who has a learning disability, and to reach many more individuals and families across Scotland who need our support.
Theresa Shearer – CEO
Theresa Shearer is Group Chief Executive of The Piper Group of which ENABLE Scotland is an original member. She leads 2,200 staff who support over 4,000 people who have a learning disability or additional support need across Scotland, and their families.
Theresa is passionate about collaboration and over the course of her career, has made a significant contribution to Scottish civil society. From leading the redesign of the fundraising regulatory framework to accelerating change through advocacy and policy campaigning, she has seen the potential for progress in partnerships across the private, public and third sectors.
A vocal advocate for fairness, equality and social justice, Theresa successfully influenced the campaign for fair reward for frontline workers in social care, and played a pivotal role in achieving the payment of the Scottish Living Wage for all social care staff across all hours worked.
Theresa is passionate about ensuring every individual who accesses social care support has the choice and control to live the life they choose. She worked with the Scottish Government to develop Scotland’s Self-Directed Support policy, and spearheaded a wholesale transformation of ENABLE Scotland’s model of social care to deliver the self-directed ambitions of the policy.
Theresa founded The Piper Group in 2019 with Andy Kerr, the former Health Minister and current Chair of Scottish Government’s Fair Work in Social Care Group.
Her commitment to continuous innovation in the third sector saw her lead the Piper Group’s significant digital transformation programme in 2018/19 which has created a digitally enabled workforce across the 2,200-strong staff team.
An award-winning leader, recognised for her contribution to executive leadership, influence and impact across the UK, Theresa continues to combine her CEO role with voluntary positions supporting leadership and governance in the third sector. She is renowned for working with young people to help them realise their potential, including co-founding the ambitious Breaking Barriers programme with Scottish Power and Strathclyde University Business School.
Her roles include:
- Vice Convener of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
- Director of Inclusion Europe; and
- Advisory Council Member of Young Scot
Theresa is also a committed mentor with the First Minister’s First Mentor programme, working with women to build confidence and skills. A Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Strathclyde University and Harvard Business School alumna, Theresa regularly sits on cross-sector innovation judging panels selected by organisations including EY, the Institute of Directors and Strathclyde University.