Ruth Evans is the chair of the Forum and is independent from industry. She is appointed by and accountable to the PSR.
Ruth has a thirty four-year track record representing the consumer and public interest across a wide range of industries, serving as Chair and Deputy Chair of four regulatory boards (Authority for Television on Demand, Bar Standards Board, Ofcom Consumer Panel and the General Medical Council’s Standards Committee); Chair of two independent Inquiries (the Brompton & Harefield Inquiries into Baby Deaths, and the Independent Inquiry into Drug Testing at Work); NED of four financial services businesses; leading three charities (War on Want, MIND and Maternity Alliance); and serving as CEO and Accounting Officer of a NDPB, the National Consumer Council, for 7 years.
Today she is the Chair of ATVOD, the regulator of television on demand, Senior Independent Director of CPP Group PLC, and Non-executive Director of the Serious Fraud Office.
Until recently, Ruth held several appointments on Regulatory boards. In professional regulation, she was the first Chair of the Bar Standards Board, the Regulator for Barristers responsible for setting standards where she led reviews of its Code of Conduct, Complaints Handling and Training and Education functions. She was also a Lay Member of the General Medical Council for 9 years and Chair of its Standards and Ethics Committee where she ran the review of the professions’ code, Good Medical Practice, and was involved in its plans for revalidation. In economic regulation, she was Deputy Chair of the Office for Communications Consumer Panel for five years; and Board Director of PhonePay Plus. Ruth has a background in governance, quality assurance, diversity, communications and risk and has applied this knowledge in a range of non-executive directorships, from the Independent Police Complaints Commission, the National Audit Office and Queens Counsel Appointments Panel, to commercial NEDs including the Nationwide Building Society and Liverpool Victoria Group. She also is a founding Trustee of Alacrity Entrepreneurship Foundation, a graduate scheme established to build successful new technology companies.
Ruth began her professional life in charities, volunteering for Liberty after graduation before being appointed at 22 as the first Director to a newly established coalition of charities and poverty organizations, the Maternity Alliance. Following that Ruth joined Mind as Deputy Director, then Acting Director, before taking over as Chief Executive of War on Want where, upon arrival, she discovered the charity was insolvent, and took it into receivership. From there she went on to run the National Consumer Council for three terms of office.
Ruth has a daughter aged 19 and lives in London.
* Biography submitted by Forum member.