Press release: A new role for Susan Scott-Parker OBE at Business Disability Forum (BDF)

02 October 2015

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release - 02 October 2015

A new role for Susan Scott-Parker OBE at Business Disability Forum (BDF)

London, UK - The Board of Business Disability Forum (BDF) is pleased to announce a new role for Susan Scott-Parker OBE. Susan will move from day-to-day responsibilities, as Founder & CEO, for the operation of BDF, to a new role as Honorary Vice President. Susan will support Sir Ian Cheshire in his role as BDF’s Honorary President, act as a key strategic advisor to the Board and continue as BDF’s ambassador and ‘evangelist’.

Susan has an international reputation as the founder, in 1991, of the world’s first business consortium designed explicitly to benefit business and people with disabilities. In 2011 she created the unique Technology Taskforce which aims to transform the global ICT marketplace.

Most recently, with the pioneering investment support of Barclays, GSK, and Infosys, Susan founded ‘business disability international’ (bdi) – and as part of this transition, Susan will now become bdi’s full-time CEO.

BDF’s Board realised as early as 2006 that in an increasingly globalised marketplace, a global business-led disability consortium was needed to help global business to benefit from the best practice which BDF brands “disability confidence”. The BDF Board tasked Susan with creating the world’s first platform from which to mobilise the power of global business behind the economic and social inclusion of people with disabilities. With the active support of both the BDF Board and the wider team, ‘business disability international’ (bdi) launched officially in June this year at the House of Lords.

Susan will now focus on her leadership roles with bdi and the Technology Taskforce, whose leadership group which includes American Express, Barclays, Enterprise Rent a Car, GSK, and Infosys. She will as founder of BDF, the Technology Taskforce and of bdi, continue to facilitate the practical economic inclusion of the more than 1 billion people with disabilities worldwide.

Warren Buckley, Chair at BDF said:

“It is exciting to see Susan continuing to take a leadership role in enabling business, particularly global business, to deliver the disability performance excellence which benefits employees, customers and the communities in which we all operate. The BDF Board is particularly pleased that Susan has agreed to become our Honorary Vice President and that we will continue to benefit from her wisdom and unique experience.”

Bob Niven, Deputy Chair at business disability international (bdi) said:

”We are delighted that Susan will now be able to commit even more of her energy and enthusiasm to bdi’s increasingly important global agenda, whilst facilitating close and practical collaboration with BDF and its ongoing focus on its extensive UK based membership. This is an important milestone in the establishment and growth of bdi.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

1. BDF is a not-for-profit business membership organisation that represents some 300 organisations that employ 20% of the UK workforce. Formerly called the Employers’ Forum on Disability, the company has more than twenty years experience of working with public and private sector employers and service providers. For more information about BDF, please visit: http://businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/about-us

2. For all media enquiries or for further comment, please contact Nils Kendall via email to nilsk@businessdisabilityforum.org.uk or call 020-7403-3020.