Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, President, British Chambers of Commerce

Jul 31, 09:01 AM

Michael speaks to Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, the life peer and new President of the British Chambers of Commerce. As the first Asian female chief executive of a FTSE 250 company, Baroness McGregor-Smith has earned a reputation as a fearless leader, and on the challenges of creating fairness and equality in the workplace, she is a trailblazer; having pioneered the McGregor-Smith Review in 2017 on race in the workplace. She discusses her drive to never give up, the importance of living for the moment and why she believes business can be a force for change in the world.

Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE was appointed President of the British Chambers of Commerce in March 2020. She was the CEO of Mitie Group PLC from 2007 to 2016, the first Asian female chief executive of a FTSE 250 company. During the decade she spent at Mitie, the firm increased its turnover by £1.5bn, which passed the £2bn mark for the first time in 2012. She was nominated as a Conservative life peer in August 2015 and awarded a CBE in 2012 for services to business and promoting diversity. She previously chaired the Women's Business Council and in 2017, conducted the McGregor-Smith Review into race in the workplace.