Member Nominated Director

Ruth Spellman OBE

Member Nominated Director

Appointed as a Member Nominated Director on 16 May 2015.

Committee membership

  • Remuneration Committee
  • Nominations Committee

Skills and experience

In 2012, Ruth was appointed as Chief Executive of the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) - an organisation with the same roots to the Co-op. She is the first female to hold this position. Ruth was awarded an OBE in 2007 for services to workplace learning.

Ruth’s Non-Executive roles include being a Board Member of the National Institute for Adult and Community Education, Director of the Centre for Talent and Innovation, a Council Member of the Open University.

Ruth is also Chair of the Staff Strategy Committee and a Trustee of Adviza, a careers advisory company. In her career, Ruth has been a CEO of 3 membership organisations. She was formerly Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), and has previously been CEO of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Investors in People (IIP) UK. Ruth worked as a senior consultant in HR in the private sector and was HR Director of the NSPCC.


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