Leading UK business organisation, the CBI has named MITIE chief executive Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, as the new chair of its Public Services Strategy Board, a panel which represents public services companies in CBI policy making. McGregor-Smith is to take over the role from current chair Adrian Ringrose, CEO of Interserve.
This latest appointment adds to McGregor-Smith’s ever-expanding support of the UK’s business community; from 2012-2013 she chaired the CBI’s Women’s Business Council, a one-year working group that sought to maximise women’s contribution to economic growth; in May this year, she was appointed a non-executive director on the board of the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and in October she gave MITIE’s backing to a national “Inspiring Women” campaign. Furthermore, last month MITIE, the FTSE 250 outsourced service provider was recognised for its leadership in diversity at a national business awards.
Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE joined MITIE in 2002 and was appointed as CEO in 2007. She is one of a small number of women holding the position of Chief Executive in the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 and was the first Asian woman to be appointed to such a role within that group of companies. 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.
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.”