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, with experience advising government departments on strategic development and capability building.

External Appointments

Ruth is currently the Senior Independent Director of Associated British Foods plc and a Non-Executive Director of Rolls-Royce Holdings plc and ContourGlobal plc. She is the Chair of POWERful Women, an initiative to advance gender diversity within the energy sector. Ruth is also a trustee of Windsor Leadership and a member of the finance committee of the University of Cambridge.


Ruth is a Master of Advance Studies of Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.

Committee Membership

Nominations (Chair)