South East Employers (SEE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Ruth Adams, as Chief Executive Officer. Ruth joined the Regional Employer Organisation on 1 September 2023.

Ruth was appointed by the Executive Member Representative Chair and Vice Chair to continue the excellent experience provided to our member organisations and stakeholders. Working with SEE, The Board in making this appointment, has ambitions to grow the membership and the service offer, to meet the diverse and ever-evolving demands made on local government organisations in the South East of England.

Of her appointment, Ruth said,

“I am delighted to join SEE as their Chief Executive, and to work with the team to support their impressive work with Local Authorities. There are considerable opportunities for SEE to extend its offer and membership, driven by local needs, the challenges in Local Authority resourcing and the need for organisations to develop new approaches to working arrangements. I am looking forward to meeting and working with Leaders, Elected Members, Chief Executives and their Officers to deliver the outcomes desired and to strengthen our successful partnership.”

Ruth is currently working with a number of Local Authorities as an Associate Consultant with PwC having previously been the Deputy Chief Executive of the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority. Within that role she worked with the Elected Mayor, South Yorkshire Leaders and the business community, leading the team responsible for economic strategy, devolution and recovery planning. Operationally Ruth was responsible for organisational change and transformation programmes, the corporate enabling services and democratic services and governance arrangements. Ruth currently serves as an independent member of an Audit and Governance Committee.

In addition to Ruth’s impressive CV, she also has a background in organisational development and training, as both a practitioner and policy maker. She is a Fellow of the CIPD and a trained leadership coach, in addition to her PhD where she researched the impact of training policy on women in low paid sectors of the economy, and her MBA and first degree where she researched women in the operational fire service, exploring policy and positive action in recruitment strategies.

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Ruth Adams
Chief Executive of SEE

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