Dr Ruth Kosmin was until her retirement in 2008 the Head of European Economics at HM Treasury, serving as the UK representative on the EU Economic Policy Committee from 2006 to 2008. She has worked as an economist and economic adviser in a number of senior positions in the UK government service for nearly 30 years. Ruth was at various times the Head of Public Sector Pay Policy, Head of Strategy and Finance and Head of the Economist Group Management Unit at HM Treasury. At the Cabinet Office she was the Chair of the Civil Service Selection Board, which recruits into the Fast Stream of the Civil Service. In that post she was responsible for modernising the agenda and revising the recruitment processes to expand the range of successful applicants. She has worked on secondment at both PricewaterhouseCoopers and at the children's charity, Barnados.
Ruth is a graduate of the University of Manchester, Harvard University, the London School of Economics and the London Business School, where she obtained her PhD in 1980. She won a John F Kennedy Scholarship to Harvard in 1974.
Ruth has served for the past 9 years as a member of the Regional Flood Defence Committee dealing with flooding and coastal erosion issues across the southern counties of the UK. In addition, she is a Trustee of the charity London Catalyst. She is currently an economic consultant on a variety of financial and policy issues.
Married to a barrister who is also a graduate of Harvard, Ruth has three sons each of whom has studied at university in the USA.