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Ruth Purdie OBE

Our Team

Ruth Purdie OBE

Chief Executive Officer

Ruth is responsible for overseeing UKROEd’s strategic delivery.

Prior to her appointment in 2018, Ruth was General Secretary of TISPOL, the European Roads Policing Network. She is skilled in crisis management, coaching, assessment, government, emergency management and law enforcement. In her TISPOL role she worked with all European governments, senior police officers and road safety experts to deliver a co-ordinated approach to road safety across Europe.

Ruth’s career as a police officer spanned 33 years and took her to the rank of Assistant Chief Constable. Her experience in policing contributed to her skill in managing critical incidents and major investigations. An experienced Interviewer and examination assessor at executive level, she has a proven track record of working in the staffing and recruiting industry.

Working for the College of Policing, Ruth was the lead facilitator in developing the Strategic Command Course – Operational Delivery Module and assessment process between 2015 – 2019.

She holds a first class honours degree in management from the University of Manchester.

Ruth was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list 2021, for services to Policing and Road Safety.