Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith

Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith

Life Peer, former FTSE100 CEO

Reflections on race in the workplace

Session Overview

Baroness McGregor-Smith will tell us what action is required now with regards to race and equality, three years after her recommendations were published in the McGregor-Smith review. She believes nothing has really changed since the review – the reality is that the business world was built by one type of person and is just not inclusive for all employees of today.  In order to move things on she believes we need to focus more on data, introduce sponsors and start talking about economic equality when it comes to women and BAME individuals.

Speaker's biography

Ruby is a portfolio Non-Executive Director and Advisory Director with current positions which include the Airports Operator Association, Tideway, Mace Group and the Department of Education. Ruby was the Chief Executive of MITIE Group PLC, the strategic outsourcing company, employing over 65000 people predominantly in the UK.

She joined MITIE in 2002 and was appointed as CEO in 2007. 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.

Ruby was also an Independent Non-Executive Director of PageGroup, appointed to the Board in May 2007. She chaired the Audit Committee, was a Member of Nomination and Remuneration Committees and also latterly their Senior Independent Director. PageGroup has 35 years expertise in professional services recruitment and currently employs more than 5,300 people in over 160 offices and 34 countries worldwide.

Ruby is the Chair of the Office for Tackling Injustices for the UK Government and a member of the Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee in the House of Lords, having been granted a Life Peerage in 2015. She is responsible for the Independent Report to the UK Government on Race in the Workplace published in February 2017.