2015 Lunch – Dame Sue Bruce

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We are delighted to announce one of the UK’s newest Dames as a speaker at our 2015 Lunch.

Sue Bruce is Chief Executive of City of Edinburgh Council having been previously Chief Executive at Aberdeen City Council and East Dunbartonshire Council.

Sue started her career in local government in 1976 in education services and focussed on social and economic regeneration. This led to senior roles in education management then also in social work, housing and cultural services.

In 2008 Sue took up post as CEO in Aberdeen following a Public Inquiry there and she led a major review and remediation of council operations. Sue’s next move was to Edinburgh as CEO and the immediate challenge of the delivery of the Edinburgh Trams Project and the development of the Edinburgh Guarantee, a programme aimed at creating employment for 16 to 19 year olds.

Sue is a non executive director with SSE; Chair of Young Scot; Board member of SCDI. She is a Burgess of the City of Aberdeen and a member of the Merchant Company of the City of Edinburgh and, has been appointed a Professor at the University of Strathclyde.

Sue Bruce holds an M.Phil. Politics/Government and LL.B (Scots Law) from the University of Strathclyde, a Diploma in Youth & Community Studies from Jordanhill College of Education and Cert. Strategic Public Sector Negotiation  from the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.  She is an Elected Fellow of the RSA (FRSA).

In May 2010 and again in May 2011 Sue received the Prince’s Business Ambassador award from HRH The Prince Charles, in October 2010 she received the Scottish Public Sector Leader of the Year Award and in November 2013 she was named Chief Executive of the Year in the Hr NETWORK National Awards. In October 2014 Sue was a joint recipient of an award by UK Light Rail for Tram Project Turnaround and, in October 2014 was named the MIPIM UK City Leader of the Year.

In December 2014 Sue received an Honorary Degree from Heriot Watt University.

In the 2015 New Year’s Honours List Sue Bruce was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.