Sue Bruce profile
Sue Bruce took up the post of Chief Executive of the City of Edinburgh Council on 1 January 2011 having previously been Chief Executive at Aberdeen City Council and East Dunbartonshire Council. She began her local government career with Strathclyde Regional Council in 1976 spending the early part of her career in social and economic regeneration and then in the wider education field.
Sue has held a number of senior positions, serving in the Strathclyde Regional Education Directorate until local government re-organisation in 1996 after which she held the post of Depute Director of Education with East Ayrshire Council. In 2000 she joined East Dunbartonshire Council initially as Strategic Director responsible for Education, Housing, Social Work and Cultural Services and had a corporate lead role in social inclusion and equalities.
Sue has responsibility for the Edinburgh Parliamentary Constituencies as:
- Returning Officer (UK and Local Government Elections)
- Local Returning Officer (European Elections)
- Constituency Returning Officer (Scottish Parliamentary Election)
- Regional Returning Officer (Scottish Parliamentary Election)
- Counting Officer (UK and Scottish Referendums).
She has wide ranging interests, has served on a number of external boards including currently the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) and Young Scot, has worked on several national and international initiatives and is a Burgess of the Guild of the City of Aberdeen.
Sue was appointed a non-Executive Director of Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) plc with effect from 1 September 2013. This directorship does not impact on Sue’s commitment to the Council. Sue has requested of SSE that all non-Executive Director's fees due to her be given to charitable concerns that operate in or benefit the city of Edinburgh, beyond any amount required in the first year to fulfil her share obligation as a Board member.
In May 2010 Sue received the Prince's Business Ambassador Award for 2010 and again in 2011 from HRH The Prince of Wales and in October 2010 was recognised as the Scottish Public Sector Leader of the Year Award at the Scottish Leadership Awards. In November 2013 she was named Chief Executive of the Year in the Hr NETWORK National Awards.
M. Phil. Politics/Government - University of Strathclyde;
LL.B Scots Law - University of Strathclyde;
Diploma in Youth & Community Studies -Jordanhill College of Education;
Cert. Strategic Public Sector Negotiation - JFK School of Government, Harvard University;
Elected Fellow of the RSA (FRSA).