Susan Scott-Parker OBE

CEO, Business Disability International

Susan Scott-Parker OBE, has over 30 years of experience working with business on disability, both internationally as Founder and Chief Executive of business disability international (bdi) and as Founder of the UK based Business Disability Forum (BDF). Susan is uniquely well placed to identify the fundamental challenges and opportunities for global organisations wishing to consistently address the impact of disability on their global operations.

Susan established a unique senior leadership team together with Business Disability Forum’s former President John Varley, who was the former Group CEO Barclays Bank. Sir Ian Cheshire, Group Chief Executive of Kingfisher Plc has now taken on the role of President. The President’s Group signals to colleagues, customers, and government that disability is now a business and a societal priority. 

In 2005 Susan led the development of the Disability Standard, the world’s only Benchmark that measures corporate performance on disability as if affects an entire business. The Australian Employers Network is now piloting this standard for Australia.

Known internationally for her ability to mobilise employers to the mutual benefit of business and disabled people, Susan helped the ILO to establish the Sri Lankan Employers’ Network on Disability. She continues to work closely with the Australian Employers’ Network on Disability, Community Business in Hong Kong and Singapore, and with other emerging business led networks such as those in Spain and Canada .She has recently addressed the UN Council on Human Rights (Geneva), the Essl Foundation Global Conference (Vienna) and the Saudi Arabian business /government disability network.

Susan pioneered the world’s first leadership programme for people with disabilities, in partnership with the Coverdale Organisation.

Susan is also a longstanding board member of the Central School of Ballet and of the British Quality Foundation, and sits on the expert advisory panel for the Australian employment agency, Workfocus. In 2012 Susan joined the International Scientific Advisory Board for the Essl Foundation in Vienna.

Susan was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2000 and received her Honorary Doctorate from Bradford University in 2003. Susan is a Canadian who has lived and worked in the UK for over 25 years.