Theresa Shearer – Group CEO
Theresa Shearer is founder and chief executive of The Piper Group, which she jointly established in 2019 with Andy Kerr, the former Health Minister and current Chair of Scottish Government’s Fair Work in Social Care Group.
The organisation employs 2,200 people across Scotland and supports over 4,000 individuals who have a learning disability or additional support need, and their families.
Theresa is passionate about collaboration and over the course of her career, has made a significant contribution to Scottish civil society. From leading the redesign of the fundraising regulatory framework to accelerating change through advocacy and policy campaigning, she has seen the potential for progress in partnerships across the private, public and third sectors.
A vocal advocate for fairness, equality and social justice, Theresa successfully influenced the campaign for fair reward for frontline workers in social care, and played a pivotal role in achieving the payment of the Scottish Living Wage for all social care staff across all hours worked.
Theresa is passionate about ensuring every individual who accesses social care support has the choice and control to live the life they choose. She worked with the Scottish Government to develop Scotland’s Self-Directed Support policy, and spearheaded a wholesale transformation of ENABLE Scotland’s model of social care to deliver the self-directed ambitions of the policy.
Her commitment to continuous innovation in the third sector led to The Piper Group’s digital transformation programme in 2018/19 which has created a digitally enabled workforce across the 2,200-strong staff team.
An award-winning leader, recognised for her contribution to executive leadership, influence and impact across the UK, Theresa continues to combine her CEO role with voluntary positions supporting leadership and governance in the third sector, as well as working with young people to help them realise their potential.
Her roles include:
• Vice Convener of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations;
• Director of Inclusion Europe; and
• Advisory Council Member of Young Scot
Theresa is a committed mentor with the First Minister’s First Mentor programme, working with women to build confidence and skills. A Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Strathclyde University and Harvard Business School alumna, Theresa regularly sits on cross-sector innovation judging panels selected by organisations including EY, the Institute of Directors and Strathclyde University.
Registered in Scotland. Scottish Charity No. SC049060