Title: Leader of the Council
Representing: Sutton London Borough Council
Party: Liberal Democrat
Political grouping: Liberal Democrat
Since becoming a councillor for the London Borough of Sutton in 2002, Ruth has always placed community politics at the heart of her council work.
She believes that devolving power and decision making to local communities means stronger and more connected communities with more engaged citizens taking an active part in their local area.
Ruth became Leader of the London Borough of Sutton in 2012 and takes the lead on borough partnerships, community engagement and community safety,
Ruth served as deputy leader for a number of years before that. She continues to be a school governor in a local primary school and takes a keen interest in the Sutton voluntary sector.
Ruth is the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at the LGA and Vice Chair of London Councils, the umbrella body that represents the 32 local authorities in the capital. She is also a Non-Executive Director of the New Local Government Network.