Today, Ruth Sutherland Samaritans CEO, has picked up her CBE award at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace for her services to vulnerable people.
The New Year Honours list recognises exceptionally dedicated individuals who have made significant contributions to public life or committed themselves to helping Britain.
Ruth’s ambition to help others has driven her forty-year vocation in third sector and public sector roles. Building a career in the NHS, starting as a carer and nurse, she went onto secure senior leadership positions at major UK charities including Rethink Mental Illness, Alzheimer’s Society, Scope and Relate before joining the leading suicide prevention charity as CEO in 2015.
I feel really pleased for the recognition, particularly as I never set out to achieve such an accolade
Ruth, Samaritans' CEO
“If I was my younger self looking forward, I never would have imagined that I would be in the place I’m in now. It’s a brilliant way to start a new chapter in my life as the door with Samaritans closes and a new one opens,” said Ruth, who steps down as CEO of Samaritans at the end of April after five years in post.
Jenni McCartney, Chair of Samaritans said: “We are incredibly proud of Ruth for being awarded a CBE for her outstanding contribution for services to vulnerable people. She has worked tirelessly throughout her career to support vulnerable people and raise awareness of the inequalities in society and the impact this can have on peoples’ lives. In her time at Samaritans over the past five years, her belief in supporting and empowering people shines through every day. We are delighted that she has been granted this honour.”
Notes to editor
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