Ruth has significant experience of developing and delivering frontline services to meet the needs of those living within the asylum process, including specialist destitution support, and in doing so is witness to the devastating extent of the Home Office’s Hostile Environment Agenda which has led to her passion for influencing change through solid campaigning and advocacy partnerships.
Ruth feels her experience and skills will help bridge the gap between frontline work and higher level advocacy. She has over 17 years’ experience of working with marginalised groups and is an accredited advice worker and trainer. Ruth began her career as a Caseworker on an ESOL for Work programme back in 2001 and moved into a Team Leader role in 2007 with Archway’s Young People’s Resource Centre to lead an engagement and advice project for young people from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups. Ruth joined Refugee Action in 2012 where she was National Outreach Manager and progressed to Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (PAFRAS) in Leeds as the Director in December 2015.
Ruth is the Chair of the Leeds Migration Partnership, enjoys volunteering and has experience as a Trustee. She is currently a volunteer on The Christmas Dinner group in Leeds who put on a Christmas Day for young care leavers who would otherwise be facing the time on their own.