Mitie CEO Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE wins prestigious ICAEW Outstanding Achievement Award

Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE

Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE

Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE – CEO of facilities management solutions specialist the Mitie Group plc – has received the prestigious Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Outstanding Achievement Award for her “exceptional contribution to business and diversity initiatives”. The ICAEW is a world-leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports over 144,000 chartered accountants worldwide.

Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE is one of a small number of female FTSE CEOs and has overseen Mitie’s exceptional revenue and pre-tax profits growth for a number of years. As an ICAEW Chartered Accountant, McGregor-Smith is recognised by the profession’s highest accolade.

“I’m thrilled to receive this award,” explained Mitie’s CEO. “Throughout my career, I’ve worked to improve business and to unlock opportunities for others, so it’s fantastic to be recognised by my profession in this way. I encourage other Chartered Accountants, and in particular those who are female, to keep on striving in their careers and fully realise their potential in business.”

Mark Spofforth, chairman of the Judging Panel for the Outstanding Achievement Award, said: “Ruby McGregor-Smith is a role model in the profession. Ruby has had a profound impact on the profession by leading and growing a FTSE business, and is a shining example of an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.”

Spofforth continued: “I commend and admire Ruby’s commitment to establish initiatives that improve diversity. This shows a far-reaching influence in improving opportunities and access in business. I’m delighted that Ruby can add the accounting profession’s most prestigious award to her long-list of deserved accolades.”

Every year, the awards recognise an ICAEW member who has made an impact in the accounting profession and served the community to the very best of their ability. Previous winners include Dame Mary Keegan, Sir Martin Broughton, Zarin Mehta and Sir Michael Rake.

Mitie launches LGBTQ+ employee network: ‘Proud to be’

Mitie has just launched its LGBTQ+ employee network entitled ‘Proud to be’.

The network will aim to educate, inform and inspire employees to be themselves by promoting an inclusive culture at work, as well as guiding and empowering managers to better support and manage LGBTQ+ people (lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and/or questioning).

At the launch event, Mitie employees heard a presentation from Stonewall’s Luise Usiskin, client account manager, on the challenges that LGBTQ+ people face in the workplace. Stonewall is one of the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ charities, renowned for campaigning and lobbying for equality. For its part, Mitie is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions Programme, which aims to assist businesses on developing inclusive workplace cultures.

Doctor Richard Spencer, head of sustainability at the Chartered Institute of Accounts for England and Wales, also gave a presentation. Doctor Spencer spoke about how diversity fits into the wider sustainability spectrum, as supporting people to be themselves at work is not only about inclusivity but also good for business as employees are more productive and remain with a company for longer.

The audience also heard from Dane Morriseau, a facilities manager at Mitie who, before joining the company, was in the US Army and learned to become an ally when a junior officer came out to him seeking support. His message echoes that of ‘Proud to be’, an initiative designed to educate managers when it comes to supporting LGBTQ+ people in their teams.

Peter Mosley (managing director of Mitie’s Technical Facilities Management Division and ‘Proud to be’ executive sponsor) said: “Mitie is a people business and we’re 100% committed to a diverse and inclusive environment for everyone. With this in mind, I’m delighted to hold the position of executive sponsor for Mitie’s ‘Proud to be’ network.”

Mosley added: “We’re firmly committed to addressing all areas of equality, ensuring that our employees are treated with dignity and respect and have a workplace culture where diversity is celebrated.”

Through regular meetings, networking events and discussion forums, ‘Proud to be’ will continue to investigate areas where it can promote LGBTQ+ equality and awareness within the Mitie business.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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