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.