Last week we attended the annual Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce awards dinner at The Belfry, where our very own James Blackman was there to present the Lichfield and Tamworth Presidents award to Ruth Forster.
Ruth commenced a career in recruitment in 1993 starting as an administrator and working her way up into a trainee recruitment role and then a full recruitment consultant position.
17 years later in 2010, she started her own company starting by working from home and then going on to employ 5 members of staff.
Since then she has Joined The Southern Staffordshire Employment and Skills Board in 2013, became TEAM Specialist Director in 2014, joined the APPG for women and enterprise in 2016 and was appointed director of skills for the Stephen Sutton Academy Trust in 2017.
James Blackman said;
“Ruth Forster from Wagstaff Recruitment based in Lichfield hit 2 of the main policies the Lichfield and Tamworth Chamber of Commerce and stud out as a glowing example, the two policies she hit were, skills and education and diversity and equality.
She has been unbelievably instrumental with all of the massive hard work she has being doing across the whole district of Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth . This has been with both businesses and schools and she has honestly given up so much of her personal time to address careers and the skills and employment gaps for young people.
She is also very proactive with enterprise and empowering young women. She has made a big difference to our area and I know other schools and businesses would provide testimonials to support this. In addition as Chair of the SSEB , she has been driving this agenda back to the Greater Birmingham LEP to shape further work which can be done”
Lichfield & Tamworth President’s Award
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