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Mitie chief exec in Woman's Hour power list

The only female chief executive of a top 10 contractor has made it onto the BBC Woman’s Hour power list.

Ruby McGregor Smith, who has been chief executive of Mitie since 2007, was included in the list of the UK’s most powerful women released today.

Ms McGregor Smith has overseen a £1.5 billion growth in revenue at Mitie and was also commended for her charitable work including chairing the Women’s Business Council and the Board for the Tissue Bank Development for Breast Cancer Campaign.

Stirling-prize winning architect Zaha Hadid is also on the list, alongside Alison Nimmo, the first woman to lead the £8bn Crown Estate, Professor Dame Ann Dowling, professor of engineering at the University of Cambridge and Dame Sue Ion, who advises on the nuclear power industry.

A panel of judges compiled the list, which is topped by the Queen, followed by home secretary Teresa May and Santander boss Ana Botin. The top 20 are ranked, while the rest of the list appears in alphabetical order.

From April onwards, Ms McGregor Smith will no longer be the only woman to head up a top 10 contractor; Anna Stewart is set to take over from Ray O’Rourke as group chief executive of Laing O’Rourke.

Also honoured is the BBC presenter Clare Balding, who had a successful summer reporting on the London Olympics and also presented last year’s Construction News awards.


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