CBI: CBI welcomes Ruby McGregor-Smith as chair of Public Services Strategy Board
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CBI welcomes Ruby McGregor-Smith as chair of Public Services Strategy Board

The CBI today announced that Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, Chief Executive of MITIE, will be the new chair of its Public Services Strategy Board. She takes over from Adrian Ringrose, CEO of Interserve. The Board represents public services companies in CBI policy making.

John Cridland, CBI Director-General, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Ruby as the new chair of our Public Services Strategy Board.

“The innovation and expertise of our public services companies will be crucial to maintaining high-quality services while helping to achieve the deficit reduction programme. Ruby will play an important role in advising CBI policy in this area to make sure that these businesses can best support the UK economy and society.”

Ms McGregor-Smith, said:

“I am delighted to take up this position as chair of the Public Services Strategy Board.

“UK business plays a hugely important role in delivering many public services around the country. It is crucial, at a time when private provision is under intense scrutiny, that we demonstrate the positive impact that the private sector can make in transforming services and generating value for taxpayers through greater competition.”

Ruby McGregor-Smith Biography:

Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE is the Chief Executive of MITIE Group PLC, the FTSE 250 strategic outsourcing and energy services company. She was appointed in 2007, becoming one of a small number of women holding the position of Chief Executive in the FTSE 250 and is the first Asian woman to be appointed in such a role within that group of companies.

Ruby completed a Economics BA(Hons) at Kingston University, before qualifying as a chartered accountant with BDO Stoy Hayward. She then went on to hold a range of commercial and financial roles for Serco Group PLC. She moved to MITIE in 2002, where she joined the Board as Group Finance Director. In 2005, she was promoted to Group Chief Operating Officer and subsequently in 2007, to Chief Executive. Since joining, she has seen MITIE grow its revenue from £0.5bn to over £2.0bn continuing its unbroken track record of profit and revenue growth.

Ruby is a non-executive director on the board of PageGroup and in 2013, chaired the Women’s Business Council, a one-year working group that sought to maximise women’s contribution to economic growth. She is also a non-executive director on the board of the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Photos of Ruby can be downloaded here.

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