Co-chair, Skills Commission
Dame Ruth is the co-chair of the Skills Commission and the Founding President of the Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL). Following her tennure as Principal at Lewisham College -a large inner-city, vocational further education college in south east London- Dame Ruth went on to Chair the Learning and Skills Improvement Service and was appointed by the Government to chair the National Taskforce on the Future of the Careers Profession in 2010. She is a Trustee of the Jamie Oliver Foundation and a member of the Baker Dearing Trust for University Technical Colleges. Dame Ruth also holds positions as an Associate of the Tavistock Consultancy Services, is the Founding Chair of the Gordon Lawrence Foundation for the promotion of Social Dreaming, holds memberships of OPUS, ISPSO and of the Public Chairs Forum at the Institute for Government. She is a Trustee of the Jamie Oliver Foundation and a member of the Baker Dearing Trust and a patron of Dignity in Dying. Dame Ruth has a professional interest in the psychological and behavioural elements in Board performance. She works in the UK and Italy in Group Relations, is a visiting professor at London South Bank University. She is an adviser in the House of Commons where she co-chairs the Skills Commission. Additionally she holds fellowships of City and Guilds, the RSA and the CGI and is Governor Emeritus of The Working Man’s College.