Ruth Kieran

CEO , Cirkle

Ruth has worked in the creative communications industry for over 25 years, in the UK and APAC. In 2022 Ruth was awarded PRCA's PR Leader of the Year award and named by Campaign as one of its 40 over 40. With her career spent primarily agency-side creating campaigns for brands including Birds Eye, Costa, Harley-Davidson, IBM, Pizza Hut and Yahoo, she has also held senior leadership roles at agencies including Kindred, Lexis and Archetype. Ruth is passionate about positive change in the marketing and PR industry, having led all people activities for the Alliance of Independent Agencies as co-chair from 2020-22, and supports a range of industry initiatives including Career Ready, BME PR Pros and Brilliant Creative Minds. In 2022, Ruth successfully managed the agency's sale to Accordance (formerly Huntsworth) and now sits on its board with Group responsibility for ESG. When not at work (or ferrying teenagers) she can be found on her Peloton or walking her dogs, and recently cycled to Paris on behalf of retail charity, GroceryAid.