Ruth Markland said: “Successful businesses are made up of a workforce that includes individuals with different skills, experience and backgrounds. The same applies in the board room where balanced boards are proven to be more effective. This programme helps build a pool of female leaders better prepared for the challenges of the boardroom serving to deliver lasting change in the business community.
This programme is absolutely crucial in making a difference at boardroom level as it serves to empower board-ready women to step up and maximise their potential. I look forward to working with participants to fulfill their professional aspirations and devise career strategies that will work for them.”
Ruth Markland has been a non executive director of Standard Chartered plc for nine years where she chairs the remuneration committee and is a member of the audit, risk and nominations committees. She was appointed Senior Independent Director in July 2013.
She has been a non executive director of The Sage Group plc for six years, where she also chairs the remuneration committee and is a member of the audit and nominations committees. She was appointed Senior Independent Director in March 2011. She joined the supervisory board of Arcadis NV, a listed Dutch company in May 2009 and is a member of the selection and remuneration committee.
Until November 2012, she chaired the board of trustees of WRVS, a top 50 charity committed to providing practical support for older people through volunteers.
Previously, she was a partner of the law firm Freshfields for 20 years, most recently holding the position of Managing Partner, Asia, having spent much of her executive career living in Hong Kong and Singapore.