Ruth Spellman

Ruth Spellman
  • Chief Executive, WEA

For the first time in its 108 year history, the Workers’ Educational Association ( WEA ) appointed a woman as its new Chief Executive in 2012. Ruth’s career is marked by a commitment to lifelong learning – she was awarded an OBE in 2007 for services to workplace learning and an Honorary Doctorate from Cranfield in 2010.
The WEA is in Ruth’s genes. Both her grandfather and father lectured for the WEA in the 1930’s and 1950’s, and she, too, was a part-time lecturer for the WEA in the 1970’s.
Among other commitments, Ruth is a member of the Open University Council, and a Member Nominated Director of the Co-op Board.