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FTSE 250 chief wins ICAEW outstanding achievement award

The first Asian female chief executive of a FTSE 250 company, Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, is the winner of this year’s ICAEW Outstanding Achievement award for her exceptional contribution to business and diversity initiatives.

Ruby McGregor-Smith wins ICAEW outstanding achievement award

The first Asian female chief executive of a FTSE 250 company, Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, is the winner of this year’s ICAEW Outstanding Achievement award for her exceptional contribution to business and diversity initiatives.

Chief Executive of Mitie, Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, is one of a small number of female FTSE CEOs and has overseen Mitie's revenue and pre-tax profits grow each year. As an ICAEW Chartered Accountant, she is being recognised by the profession’s highest accolade. 

Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE said:  “I am thrilled to receive this award. Throughout my career, I’ve worked to improve business and to unlock opportunities for others, so it’s fantastic to be recognised by my profession in this way.
 
“I encourage other chartered accountants to keep striving in their careers, particularly women, and realise their potential in business.”

Mark Spofforth, Chairman of the judging panel for the Outstanding Achievement Award, said: “Ruby McGregor-Smith is a role-model in the profession. She had a profound impact in the profession by leading and growing a FTSE business, and is a shining example of an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

“I commend and admire her commitment to establish initiatives to improve diversity, showing her far-reaching influence in improving opportunities and access in business. I am delighted she can add the accounting profession’s prestigious award to her long-list of deserved accolades.”

Ruby McGregor-Smith

  • Born in 1963 in Lucknow, in northern India, Ruby moved to England at the age of two with her mother, joining her father who was training as an accountant in London.
  • She grew up in Stanmore, Middlesex, and worked at BDO, Stoy Hayward, from 1985 to 1991, where she trained and qualified as an accountant.
  • Ruby joined Serco Group plc in 1991 and worked there in a range of operational and financial roles. In 2002 she joined Mitie Group Plc as Group Finance Director.
  • In 2005 she was promoted to Group COO and was appointed as CEO in 2007. At Mitie, she set up an externally chaired Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group and established a network of champions to deliver specific diversity initiatives.
  • She has been ranked in the Financial Times Top 50 Women in World Business and in 2010 she was named Business Woman of the Year at the Women in Public Life Awards.  

Every year, the awards recognise an ICAEW member who has made an impact in the accounting profession and served the community. Previous winners include Dame Mary Keegan, Sir Martin Broughton, Zarin Mehta and Sir Michael Rake.

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