Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2012
Ruth was appointed Director of Foresight and Innovation at the national disability charity Scope in March 2014. As a member of the senior leadership team her responsibilities include horizon scanning, future trend analysis, new partnership development, and pioneering innovation across the spectrum of organisational activities.
Ruth is a passionate advocate for social justice and creative problem solving and she has a particular interest in public policy, strategy, social innovation and design. As a Fellow of the Clore Social Leadership programme she co-authored ‘When Bees meet Trees’ – how large social sector organisations can help scale social innovation; and researched Beyond 2020: Care - a comprehensive new report on the future of social care - completed while on secondment with the Future Foundation, a future focused global consumer insight agency.
Ruth’s previous role was as Director of Policy and Campaigns at Scope. During her career she has successfully campaigned for comprehensive disability discrimination legislation, the ratification of the UN Convention on disabled people's rights, greater investment in social care, and equal access to the voting process for disabled people.
Ruth studied history at Cambridge University, she is a Trustee of international development charity Riders for Health, and a non-Executive Director of social enterprise GoodGym.
Current principal role: Director of Foresight and Innovation
Current principal organisation: Scope
Other leadership role 1: Trustee
Other organisation 1: Riders for Health
Other leadership role 2: Non-Exec Director
Other organisation 2: GoodGym
Research: When Bees Meet Trees - how large social sector organisations can help scale social innovation
Research topics: Impact; Leadership; Social enterprise; Social innovation;
Secondment host: Future Foundation