Meet our Director of ENABLE Works

Ashley Ryan– Director of ENABLE Works

Ashley is the Director of Development for ENABLE Works and is responsible for driving our ambitious business development programme, developing new and existing services that support disabled people to gain and retain employment.

Passionate about supporting young people to achieve their goals through Inclusive Education, Ashley is the national lead for all ENABLE Works Education programmes including Stepping Up, our national Schools Transitions Project, delivered in over 80 schools and achieving a 98% positive destination rate for learners with learning disabilities.

Ashley developed the accessible versions of both the SQA Accredited Introduction to Workplace Skills and Certificate of Work Readiness, recognised as best practice and utilised across Scotland by teachers and practitioners alike.  In 2020 Ashley was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship in Education from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

In 2021 Ashley hopes to travel to the US to look at innovative ways to support young people who have learning disabilities to transition successfully from school. Ashley is on the board of the Third Sector Employability Forum Executive Group representing the voluntary sector in an advisory capacity to inform Scottish policy and procurement related to the employability and skills sector.

Ashley is also a non-executive Director and Chair of Paws for Progress, an organisation which supports young people in custody and rescue dogs to work together to build better lives.


Working with Ashley leading portfolios within the ENABLE Works directorate are:

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