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Ruth Bagley chairs the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Working Group to secure the delivery of the Western Rail Link to Heathrow, holds NED roles in housing and higher education and provides support to private sector bodies on scheme development and stakeholder engagement. She has recently been appointed to the British Chambers of Commerce Expert Panel on Transport Infrastructure.

Ruth has 16 years’ experience as a local authority Chief Executive. She has extensive experience in creating the conditions for economic growth in spatial planning, regeneration, housing and strategic transport infrastructure. Working with public and private sector partners across the Thames Valley, south Wales and the south west she developed the case for and led the campaign to secure government adoption of the Western Rail Link in 2012. She then chaired the Stakeholder Steering Group which oversaw Network Rail’s development of the scheme and supported public consultation. Ruth also established the Berkshire Strategic Transport Board, was an active member of the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership and previously was the sole local authority representative on the South West Industrial Development Board.

Ruth was awarded an OBE for services to local government and received a personal award from Thames Valley Chamber for her contribution to economic growth.