ENABLE Scotland and Piper Group CEO recognised for outstanding contribution to the charity sector

March 9, 2020 Press Release

ENABLE Scotland and Piper Group CEO Theresa Shearer has been awarded the 2020 STELAR Award from the University of Strathclyde in recognition of her outstanding achievements in the charity sector in Scotland, the UK, and in Europe.

Established by the University’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Jim McDonald, The Strathclyde Executive Leadership (STELAR) Awards, launched in 2019, recognise and celebrate the significant achievements of  the University’s most notable alumni who go on to succeed in leadership roles in business, industry and in the public sector.

Presenting the Award, Professor Sir Jim McDonald said:

Today we take the opportunity to reflect on the achievements of our alumni; to recognise and celebrate them with the STELAR medal.

As a leading international technological university, it’s important for us to acknowledge the impact and contribution our alumni make in business, the wider community and society in general. I am immensely proud that a Strathclyde education has been a platform for such success, providing our current students with inspirational role models and demonstrating ‘what excellence looks like’

Congratulations to Theresa – she is a richly deserved recipient of this award as an inspirational leader whose success is testament to our founder’s vision of a ‘place of useful learning’.

Bob Cowie, Chair of the ENABLE Scotland Board said:

The Board of ENABLE Scotland are very proud of Theresa, and all that she has achieved not only on behalf of ENABLE Scotland and the Piper Group, but especially in terms of the impact she has on civil society across Scotland and beyond as Vice Convenor of SCVO, and at European level as a Board member of Inclusion Europe.

This is very well-deserved recognition – it is truly fantastic to see all Theresa’s determination to make a real difference for people with learning disabilities being rewarded.

Receiving the award, Theresa Shearer said:

As an alumna of the University of Strathclyde, I am incredibly honoured to receive this award.  I look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the University to support even more young people to access higher education through ENABLE Scotland’s multi award winning Breaking Barriers programme and – more broadly across the charity sector in Scotland, the UK, and beyond – to continuing in any way that I can in progressing the mission of the University as the place of useful learning that makes a positive difference to the lives of its students, and to civic society.

This award is shared with all of the incredible teams and individuals I have had the privilege to work with and for on my journey so far with the charity sector.  A true honour.

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