Ruth Spellman, Member Nominated Director

Ruth SpellmanAppointed as a Member Nominated Director of Co-operative Group Limited on 16 May 2015.

Roles and responsibilities


In 2012, Ruth was appointed as Chief Executive of the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) -  an organisation with the same roots to the Co-operative Group. 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 and Chair of the Staff Strategy Committee.  In her career, Ruth has been a CEO of three 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.