Professor Susan Deacon CBE

Professor Susan Deacon CBE is currently Chair of the Institute of Directors in Scotland; Assistant Principal External Relations and Professorial Fellow at the University of Edinburgh; and a Non-Executive Director of several companies.

Over the past 30 years Susan has worked widely in the fields of leadership, governance and strategic change and has held senior positions across the private, public and third sectors. She is passionate about building cross-sectoral collaboration and works extensively at the interface between business, academia and policymakers.

Formerly an MSP and Scottish Government Minister, Susan stood down from elected office in 2007 and has since undertaken a diverse portfolio of leadership roles and change projects. She has also served as a Chair, Board member and advisor to a range of charities and community organisations.

Susan was appointed CBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours for services to business, education and public service.

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