Ruth Cairnie


Ruth Cairnie - Chair


Appointed to the Board in April 2019 and as Chair in July 2019.




Ruth brings extensive experience of the engineering sector gained from a 37-year international career spanning senior functional and line roles at Royal Dutch Shell plc. She has experience advising government departments on strategic development and capability building. Ruth is a fellow of the Energy Institute. She has been a Non-Executive Director of Rolls Royce Holdings plc, ContourGlobal plc and Keller Group PLC, and a member of the finance committee of the University of Cambridge and the Chair of POWERful Women.

External Appointments

Ruth is currently the Senior Independent Director of Associated British Foods plc, as well as being Chair of the International Committee of the CBI, a patron of the Women in Defence Charter, a trustee of Windsor Leadership and a trustee of the White Ensign Association.


Ruth is a Master of Advanced Studies in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge and holds a BSc Joint Honours in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Bristol.

Committee Membership

Nominations (Chair)