Ruth Hunt – Keynote Speaker

Director of Deeds and Words and former CEO of Stonewall (2014-2019), the largest LGBT charity in Europe.

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Specialist Subjects

  • Traditional leadership models and ideas surrounding workplace culture
  • Psychological Safety
  • Progressive Attitudes and Behaviour



  • English


Baroness Ruth Hunt is a respected and influential communicator who, with charm and humour, helps audiences of all sizes and experiences understand how they can build cultures that work, and bring minority voices into the room.

With over 20 years’ experience of leading campaigns for the LGBTQ+ communities, in 2019 Ruth became the youngest cross-bench peer in the House of Lords. Alongside her Parliamentary work, Ruth and her partner Caroline Ellis are Directors of Deeds and Words, working with c-suite teams to understand how collective and inclusive leadership can drive organisational effectiveness.

Ruth is also well-known and regarded for her previous work as CEO and Director of Campaigns at Stonewall, Europe’s largest LGBTQ+ charity. During her time at Stonewall, Ruth played an integral in leading numerous landmark campaigns including tackling homophobia in schools and developing the Rainbow Laces campaign in partnership with the Premier League.

A Visiting Fellow at Jesus College Cambridge, Oxford graduate and former President of the Oxford University Students Union, Ruth brings an academic rigour to her work whilst being wholly accessible to audiences regardless of their background and knowledge.

Popular Talks by Ruth Hunt

Traditional leadership models and ideas surrounding workplace culture

  • In this talk  Ruth looks at why and how embracing collective leadership, building inclusive cultures and understanding the need for trust can result in staid models and ideas being put to one side, and drive organisational effectiveness and performance.


Psychological Safety

  • ·        In recent years issues surrounding psychological safety have become increasingly prevalent in all walks of life. In this keynote, Ruth considers why we need to cultivate safer environments, both in our personal and professional lives, and how this can drive organisational effectiveness. Ruth outlines the steps individuals and organisations need to put in place to help facilitate this.


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