Ruth Cairnie, Chair of Babcock, has become the 6th FTSE Chair to support Chapter Zero.


Ruth joins Sarah Bates, Richard Gillingwater, Sir John Kingman, Mark Tucker and David Tyler as Chapter Zero’s supporting Chairs at a time when our membership has topped 1,000, as growing numbers of non-executive directors take steps to understand the implications of climate change for their companies.

Over the course of the next year, Ruth will work with Chapter Zero to share her experience of the emerging role of boards in integrating climate change into their conversations.

Julie Baddeley, Chair of the Chapter Zero Steering Committee welcomed Ruth as a supporting Chair saying, “Ruth’s experience will be invaluable for Chapter Zero and its growing community of non-executive directors. The next year is a critical time for the UK as we prepare to host COP26 and we welcome Ruth’s involvement to take forward this increasingly important agenda for the members”.

As well as Chair of Babcock, Ruth is Senior Independent Director at Associated British Foods plc, Patron of Women in Defence Charter, Chair of POWERful Women, a Commissioner of the Covid Recovery Commission and a trustee of Windsor Leadership.

“All Companies need to be considering their role in addressing climate change and transitioning to a sustainable future. Boards can and should play a key role in setting the right agenda, and board members need to be equipped with the right knowledge and support. I’m pleased to be joining a group of influential Chairs at Chapter Zero and hope together we can put climate change firmly on the boardroom agenda of every UK business”.
Ruth Cairnie

Chair, Babcock