Baroness Hunt of Bethnal Green is the co-director of Deeds and Words, with her partner Caroline Ellis, working with individuals, organisations, businesses, social movements and communities to help create a shared sense of purpose. Ruth and Caroline are currently running the inaugural Bar Council Leadership Programme. Ruth is also a member of the Steering Group for Change in the House of Lords, a trustee of Engage Britain, and a member of the PCC at St Matthew’s Church in Bethnal Green. Ruth was introduced into the House of Lords in October 2019.
Prior to joining Deeds and Words, Ruth was the Chief Executive of Stonewall; the UK’s largest charity campaigning for equality for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people. In her fourteen years with the organisation, she worked with more than 700 organisations in the UK and globally, as well as with schools, grassroots campaigners, and senior government Ministers, and led high profile, impactful campaigns. Ruth holds an honorary fellowship from Cardiff University, and honorary degrees from Keele and Exeter.