Liz Sayce OBE became the interim chair of the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) in August 2019.
She was the Chief Executive of Disability Rights UK until 31 May 2017, leading work to achieve equal participation for all, through programmes on independent living, career opportunities and shifts in cultural attitudes and behaviour. With a background in mental health and disability policy, previous roles include:
- Director of Policy and Communications at the Disability Rights Commission
- Policy Director of Mind
Liz led an independent review into disability employment programmes for government in 2011 and has published widely on mental health, disability and social participation. Liz is also:
- a Non-Executive Director of the Care Quality Commission
- a member of the committee of Healthwatch England
- a member of the Disability Advisory Committee of the Equality and Human Rights Commission
She chairs a Commission on Equality in Mental Health, convened by the Centre for Mental Health.
The chairman of the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) leads a committee of 13 members appointed by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to:
- give advice on social security issues as it sees fit
- consider and report on social security regulations that have been referred to it
- advise on matters referred to it by the Secretary of State or the Northern Ireland department responsible for social security
- scrutinise the products produced by the Department for Work and Pensions