Since becoming a councillor for the London Borough of Sutton in 2002, Ruth has always placed community politics at the heart of her council work.
She believes that devolving power and decision making to local communities means stronger and more connected communities with more engaged citizens taking an active part in their local area.
Ruth became leader of the council in 2012 and takes the lead on borough partnerships, community engagement and community safety. She continues to be a school governor in a local primary school and takes a keen interest in the Sutton voluntary sector.
Ruth represents the Liberal Democrats on London Councils and is on the Board of Directors of the New Local Government Network and the London Marathon Charitable Trust.