Ruth Hunt, who was chief executive of Stonewall UK until August this year, forging strong links with the Rainbow Project NI, has been made a cross-bench (independent) life peer in Theresa May’s parting honours list.
39-year-old Hunt, who has worked in senior positions in the organisation since 2011, had been appointed chief executive in 2014, and had seen staff numbers rise from 75 to 160 during her tenure. She had worked with Stonewall for 14 years altogether, joining in 2005 as senior policy officer, and stepped down as chief executive in August 2019.
Jan Gooding, Chair of Stonewall’s Board of Trustees said:
‘We’re delighted Ruth Hunt has been granted a peerage. She’s an inspirational and dedicated leader who transformed Stonewall’s culture, including integrating trans communities into our work and forming a unique partnership with The Rainbow Project in Northern Ireland. I know that her collaborative and intelligent approach will add huge value in the House of Lords.
‘Ruth’s fourteen years at the charity has been marked by extraordinary progress in our mission to build acceptance for LGBT people, much of which she is responsible for. We are incredibly grateful for all the work Ruth has done to make the world better for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people. From all of us here at Stonewall: Congratulations Ruth!’.
Prior to Stonewall, Ruth worked at the Equality Challenge Unit where she led work advising Higher Education Institutions in the UK on sexual orientation and gender identity equality.
Other LGBT+ persons included on May’s honours list were Debbie Wilcox, leader of Newport Council in Wales, also made a peer, and Britain’s most senior police officer, Cressida Dick, who became a dame.