Ruth Hunt was the Chief Executive of Stonewall until August 2019. Ruth was appointed in August 2014, having worked in senior positions in the organisation since 2011. She successfully led the development of Stonewall’s groundbreaking policy, campaigns and research outputs, including its work to tackle homophobic bullying in schools, effective interventions to improve the health of lesbian, gay and bi people, and Stonewall’s acclaimed leadership development programmes.
During her tenure, Ruth committed to bringing Stonewall even deeper into communities, engaging with groups from different ethnicities, religions and geographies – both in the UK and abroad.
She also spearheaded Stonewall’s commitment to campaign for trans equality; a decision that continues to shape Stonewall’s work. This historic move followed an extensive consultation with over 700 trans people and now sees Stonewall use its platform and experience to help create real change for trans people.
Ruth attended St. Hilda’s College, Oxford where she studied English and was elected President of Oxford Student Union. Prior to Stonewall, Ruth worked at the Equality Challenge Unit where she led work advising Higher Education Institutions on sexual orientation and gender identity equality.
In 2015, Ruth was voted the third most influential LGBT person in Britain in the Independent’s Rainbow List. She received two honorary degrees in 2015, one from Cardiff University and the other from Keele University.