Ruth is an award winning cultural producer, activist and social entrepreneur.  Ruth joined In Place of War during its inception and has been pivotal in the organization’s development and vision. Her drive and passion was recognised when she was made Co-Director in 2012.

Ruth’s parents bought her an electric guitar for her 10th birthday and her life changed for ever, on an unexpected path through the world of music – as a musician, as a record label founder, a festival producer and a global music activist. After playing in a band for over 10 years, even playing with The Fall on their greatest hits tour, Ruth became connected with the UK music infrastructure. She founded Fat Northerner Records to help give bands from the North of England a greater platform to develop and worked with over 60 bands, touring bands around the world. She also co-founded Un-Convention, a series of grassroots music events that took place in around the globe. She is regular speaker at cultural festivals and events, including TEDX, British Council, International Alert, Primavera Sounds, Berlin Music Week

Ruth’s talent has been recognised through numerous awards and prize she has won.


Guardian University Awards Finalist, 2015

Making It Happen Award, University of Manchester, 2015

Do It Social Enterprise Award, University of Manchester, 2015

The Pioneer Award, The Artist and Managers Award, UK, 2014

Manchester Woman of Culture finalist, 2013

Manchester Woman of Culture, 2012

THE Times Higher Education award for In Place of War, 2011

The Guardian Women to Watch (Cultural Leadership Programme), 2010

British Council Young Music Entrepreneur (shortlist), 2007 and 2010

Association of Independent Music (shortlist) – Music Entrepreneur of the Year, 2009

In Place of War – Queens Award (shortlist), 2009



How hip-hop and community safe spaces are transforming young lives. 

Vice – Brazil Protests during World Cup

Louder Than War – Brazil protests during World Cup – Article 1; Article 2; Article 3.

Scape, Netherlands – What makes an event memorable?


Board membership

Featured Artist Coalition, UK

A Future Venture, UK

All FM, Manchester