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.

Previous Roles

She was a Non-Executive Director of ContourGlobal plc until 30 September 2019.

External Appointments

Ruth is currently the Senior Independent Director of Associated British Foods plc and a Non-Executive Director of Rolls-Royce Holdings plc, the latter from which she will step down on 31 December 2019. In September 2019 Ruth became Patron of Women in Defence Charter which commits organisations in the defence sector to driving inclusion and diversity and providing opportunities for women to succeed at all levels. 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)