Ruth joined the Treasury on secondment in April 2019. She helps to raise living standards by ensuring the Treasury operates effectively as an organisation.
Ruth is the Director of Food, Skills and Science for the Ministry of Primary Industries, which includes overseeing food policy, regulatory stewardship and MPI's policy capability. She has previously worked in a range of government agencies in New Zealand (MSD, DoL, MfE), the UK (including as the Head of the Child Poverty Unit) and Japan. She has a BA (Honours) in Economics from the University of Nottingham, was a 2001 Daiwa Scholar, and is married with two daughters.