Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith
Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith was the first Asian female chief executive of an FTSE 250 company. She works with the House of Lords is in supporting the work of Diversity in the workplace. McGregor-Smith talks about smashing the boardroom glass ceiling, how to overcome the challenges of prejudice and leadership in the 21st century.
At the Department of Education, McGregor-Smith is a non-executive director supporting the board in a number of key areas which include supporting the digital agenda of DFE, supporting on the significant efficiency savings for the schools and reviewing the implementation and enhancement of the Apprentice Levy.
Prior to this, McGregor-Smith was appointed CEO of MITIE Group PLC. She is one of a small number of women who have held the position of Chief Executive in the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 and is the first Asian woman to be appointed in such a role within that group of companies.
She was recognised as a top 50 female world business leader by the FT in 2013. Revenues grew from her time on the board from £500m to £2.2 billion and the Group became the number one company in the UK for Facilities Management.
McGregor-Smith is a member of the Women’s Business Council (previously Chair) and a Member of the European Committee for Internal Markets in the House of Lords. She is responsible for the Independent Report to the UK Government on Race in the Workplace published in February 2017.