Ruth has 25 years of experience in professional services and education, holding positions including Principal and CEO in Further Education. Ruth previously set up and ran a national education charity, the Career Colleges Trust, founded by Lord Baker, now supporting a network of 20+ industry-led Career Colleges across the UK. Ruth has a passion for applying business principles and regional partnerships to educational ventures, to ensure their long-term sustainability. Ruth is an Honorary Fellow of UCL Institute of Education. Group Education Director for Manor Property Group, and holds several voluntary positions in support of education, linked to industry-led education, to improve the career prospects of young people and meet national skills shortages.