Ruth was born in Inverness and went to Millburn Academy before studying for an HNC in Business Administration and Highland Studies at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. Ruth now lives in Irvine, and is married with two daughters.
Ruth has previously worked in a variety of diverse roles, including as a sales and marketing manager for a Whisky company on Skye, an account manager for Compaq, and as a hypnotherapist and reflexologist.
In 2012 Ruth was elected to North Ayrshire Council, representing the Irvine West Ward as a councillor. In addition to this role she was North Ayrshire Youth Champion, Chaired the Violence against women partnership and served as Cabinet Member for Finance within the SNP administration.
On 5th May 2016 Ruth was elected to represent the constituency of Cunninghame South within the Scottish Parliament. This includes the North Ayrshire based towns of Irvine, Kilwinning and Stevenston, and the surrounding villages of Springside, Dreghorn, and Drybridge. Through her work as an MSP she is privileged to represent residents, groups and businesses on a variety of issues, both at Holyrood and within the constituency.
As a backbencher in the Scottish Parliament, Ruth is currently the Convener of the Equalities and Human Rights Committee, and has previously served on the Local Government Committee, Social Security and Education and Skills Committees, and as a party whip for the SNP.
Ruth is also a member of various Cross-Party Groups, covering issues such as Children and Young People, Human Trafficking, Malawi, Nuclear Disarmament, and Tourism. In addition, she is honoured to have been appointed to the role of Convener of the Cross-Party Group on Credit Unions, Co-convener of the Cross-Party Group on Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Co-Convener of the Cross-Party Group on Kurdistan.
Ruth is proud to be an accredited Scottish living wage employer.