I never knew what I wanted to be.. School had told me what I couldn’t do, my Mum and Dad wanted me to choose… so I did.. not really with much forethought or planning.

What I did know was I wanted to be successful and somehow make a difference.

Through my own experiences, professional and personal, I became more and more committed to learning and development. In particular supporting others who didn’t think they could or should progress.

Not everything I’ve tried has been a success, although almost everything has made a difference to me and to others.

These have made me who I am and how I work. Here you will be able to review some of the more recent projects I’ve completed.

They’ll tell you about me and why I do what I do. Please get in touch if you’d like to talk to me further.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Changing in Organisations

  • Changing how we think in organisations – Ruth provided workshops on Leadership and Culture to participants in the entrepreneur accelerator programme supported by The Collective and in the WE in Social Tech the NWES accelerator programme for Women.
  • Generational differences and building trust – Ruth published an article with her reflections on an event run by the Young Women’s Trust. 
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office – In association with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Women’s Association, Ruth hosted a panel discussion on the topic of ‘Dangerous Women: Risk in Leadership
Women for the Board

Women in Leadership

  • Women in Banking and Finance – Ruth presented a workshop for Women in Banking and Finance in March 2019
  • Barclays Female Talent Network – Ruth facilitated several workshops around the country for Barclays Female Talent Network to support their career development progress
  • Women for the Board –  Developed by women for women, this innovative programme was designed for women planning to apply for board-level positions. 
  • Interview with the Financial Times – Prior to the launch of the Women for the Board programme Ruth developed for Westminster Business School, she was interviewed by the Financial Times.
  • WomenUP! Ruth was interviewed about the impact of the Hampton Alexander Report 2018.
  • Becoming a great Chair and Board member – Ruth ran a workshop at the National Housing Federation on one key aspect of good governance that we tend to overlook: the importance of asking questions. Here is a summary of the session.
  • Women in Leadership – Ruth facilitated a four-day Northern Women in Leadership Programme and a one-day conference in July 2019 in collaboration with Northumbria Business School.
  • Women in the City Awards – Ruth was a judge on the final selection of the Women in the City awards 2017

Leadership Development 

  • Raising Roofs – Ruth is the co-founder and programme director of Raising Roofs. She developed the programme, manages the delivery and facilitates some of the sessions. The programme ran its first cohort in 2018 and the second will commence in January 2019. Watch this video to hear the feedback of the programme participants.

Working with Influence 

  • HBSC – Career Strategies – Working in Hong Kong with real-time video links to Malaysia and Singapore and also in London with links to New York, Ruth provided participative workshops  on developing career influencing strategies.
  • Asking questions in meetings – A presentation given to member of the National Housing Federation. A summary of the session is here: What stops you from asking questions at meetings?
  • Re-building Trust – Ruth published an article on how to have more purposeful conversations in order to re-build trust in the workplace. 


  • More Women on Boards: An International Perspective – Ruth was a contributor to the book which is a volume in the series: Women and Leadership.  Ruth co-authored the ChapterAnalysis of the Perceived Role and Value of Women’s Support Networks in Helping Women Gain a Board Position, with Fatima Maatwk.
  • Professional Practice in Learning and Development – Ruth was a contributor to the 2016 edition of the book. “Loon assembles a stellar line-up of experts to discuss the many facets of the modern L&D practitioner’s role, from consultancy and cutting-edge digital solutions to planning learning with organisational context in mind. There are few more thorough introductions to the topic, and HR generalists with a learning remit will particularly enjoy it.” (People Management 2017-02-01)
  • Chartered Management Institute –  Ruth is a judge on the CMI management book of the year in the Practical Manager Category.