Meet our Director of ENABLE Scotland

Jan Savage – Director of ENABLE Scotland

Jan has responsibility for ENABLE Scotland Charity within the ENABLE Group. Through her leadership, the team delivers charity services, including membership services for a growing network of 12,000 individuals, campaigns, policy and participation, and community advocacy projects which directly support over 1100 people every year. Her previous experience over two decades in public affairs, campaigning and charity service delivery, including roles at the Scottish Parliament and running a disabled children’s charity, help ensure ENABLE Scotland advocates effectively for everyone who has a learning disability in Scotland.

Utilising ENABLE Scotland’s effective participation structures, Jan has ensured that the organisation’s members can design and deliver effective, human rights-based, award winning campaigns which achieve real change. Subjects as diverse as transport, education and carers rights have been tackled successfully, with #StoptheBus winning a Herald Society Award and #IncludED in the Main!? winning an SCVO ‘Cracking Campaign’ award, and #ENABLETheVote achieving international recognition through the Zero Project award for promoting effective participation in elections.

Jan advises on learning disability policy as a member of the Scottish Government’s Keys to Life Leadership Group, and leads the secretariat of the Cross Party Group for Learning Disability in the Scottish Parliament. As Chair of the Scottish Government Additional Support for Learning Implementation Group, she helps ensure education policy best reflects the needs of children who have a learning disability, and led the Group to commission of a national independent review of Additional Support for Learning in 2020.

Jan maintains her interests in charity governance and the operations of membership led organisations as Vice Chair of Glasgow Caledonian University Student’s Association and in progressing human rights as member of the Gender Equality Taskforce in Education and Learning, commissioned by the First Minister’s Advisory Group on Women and Girls.

She is also a member of:

  • SG Disabled Children and Young People Group
  • Scottish Network for Restraint Reduction
  • Mental Welfare Commission Advisory Group
  • Fraser of Allander Research Steering Group
  • Audit Scotland Equality and Human Rights Advisory Group


Working with Jan leading portfolios within the ENABLE Scotland directorate are:

Inclusion & Participation

Rights & Empowerment

Branches & Membership

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