For the past 20 years, Ruth has worked in a variety of roles and with different organisations within the disability sector. She is currently working in an accommodation palliative setting. Ruth has been married to Peter for 31 years and together they have three adult children and two dogs. Family is central to who Ruth is and she loves being part of a large close-knit family, with nine siblings and lots of nieces and nephews. Community is also important to Ruth and she has been a member of the local brass band for over 40 years, having started playing Flugel horn when she was 10 years of age.