Ruth is currently Director of Social Work for the South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust, covering five Borough Council areas in SW London.
She has previously worked for Local Authorities and Trusts in East London and in Hertfordshire and has also worked for CSIP/NIMHE.
Ruth gained a Doctorate in Education in 2007, focusing on the learning needs of mental health staff and leaders in complex organisations. She is co-author of 'Leadership for Personalisation and Social Inclusion in mental health' (SCIE, 2009) and was editor of the SCSN's paper on the Positive Future of Social Work in Mental Health.Ruth is particularly interested in rekindling British social work's links with grassroots community movements for social change and social justice and in making links between British and international social work. She is currently part of a team developing a new Human Rights Based Leadership Programme for mental health social work with SCIE, NMHDU and University of Central Lancashire.