Edinburgh top official Sue Bruce to join SSE board

Sue Bruce, chief executive of Edinburgh City Council, will join the board of SSE in September. Picture: Contributed
Sue Bruce, chief executive of Edinburgh City Council, will join the board of SSE in September. Picture: Contributed
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THE city’s top official has taken up a position on the board of a major energy supplier - and has pledged to donate her new earnings to Edinburgh charities.

Sue Bruce, chief executive of Edinburgh City Council, will officially join the board of SSE on September 1, two years after taking the reins of the Capital’s local authority.

Ms Bruce has been appointed a non-Executive Director of SSE plc - a Scottish sustainable gas and electricity provider - and has vowed to waive the “fees due” to her while continuing as a council employee be “given to charitable concerns that operate in or benefit the city of Edinburgh”.

This donation will be any amount beyond what is required to fulfil her obligation as a board member to purchase shares in the company.

Sue Bruce said it was a “privilege” to have been offered the chance to join the SSE board.

She said: “I’m looking forward to contributing to the critical service that SSE provides for customers, the environment and the wider economy.

“I do, however, also see this as a mutually beneficial arrangement and a natural extension of the partnership approach that the council already has with many companies. There is much from my experience that I hope to bring to the board, but the council’s services can equally benefit through sharing the good practices of the private sector.”

Ms Bruce oversees a £1 billion annual revenue budget at the local authority which employs 15,000 people. She was previously chief executive of Aberdeen City Council and of East Dunbartonshire Council.

Each director of SSE plc is subject to annual re-election, and Ms Bruce will stand for re-election to the board at the company’s first AGM after she takes up her appointment. That AGM will be in July 2014.

Lord Smith of Kelvin, chairman of SSE, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Sue Bruce is joining SSE’s Board. It is often said that the public sector has much to learn from business. I believe the same is true in reverse and that Sue’s experience and knowledge of the public sector will be invaluable.

“More generally, her outstanding track record as the head of an organisation that provides services on which hundreds of thousands of people depend and also makes significant capital investments means she is very well-qualified to serve on the Board of a company like SSE.”