Susan Deacon CBE

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Professor Susan Deacon CBE, Chair of the SPA, has a range of leadership experience gained in the public, private, and third sectors, academia and national politics.

Susan Deacon joined as Chair of the SPA on 4 December 2017.

She has a lifelong commitment to public service improvement, bringing together people from local communities, service providers, policy makers and other stakeholders to foster collaborative action. Her early career was in local government, followed by senior roles in management training and development in the private sector and higher education.

She served as an MSP from 1999 to 2007 and was Scotland’s first Cabinet Minister for Health and Community Care following devolution. Over the past decade, Susan has held a range of Board positions and has contributed to governance and policy reviews in key areas of Scottish public life. She is a former Chair of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, Chair of the Edinburgh Festivals Forum, an advisor on External Relations for the University of Edinburgh and a Non-Executive Director of Lothian Buses. Susan was also awarded a CBE for services to business, education and public service in 2017.

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