Ruth and Caroline met in 2008. Together, they created new ways of working as well as programmes that achieved very real and tangible change. In 2019, they decided to set up a family business together and Deeds and Words was born. In January 2021 they were joined by a third director, Delia Barker.
Throughout her career, Caroline has worked tirelessly to empower organisations and individuals to transform their worlds. With clients including human rights campaigning group - Liberty, insurance provider - Aviva, UK challenger bank - Metro Bank and numerous government departments. Caroline has supported people at all levels to effect positive and impactful change for themselves, their organisations, and more widely, for their societies. She was the Chair of Finance Innovation Lab until October 2019 and until recently was a Trustee of Roundhouse. She is an Honorary Fellow of UCL, awarded in recognition of her active leadership in promoting equality and social change.
Ruth was the Chief Executive of Stonewall; the UK’s largest charity campaigning to improve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. In her fourteen years with the organisation, she worked with more than 700 organisations in the UK and globally, as well as with schools, grassroots campaigners, and senior government Ministers, and led high profile, impactful campaigns. Prior to joining Stonewall, Ruth worked for Universities UK on equalities in higher education and was the President of the Oxford University Student Union. She holds an honorary fellowship from Cardiff University, and honorary degrees from Keele and Exeter. She was the Vice Chair of national homelessness charity Shelter and is currently a trustee of Engage Britain. Ruth has been appointed as a cross bench peer in the House of Lords and took up her seat in October 2019.
Delia has over 25 years' experience working in the UK's creative and cultural sector and brings her established reputation as a leader and changemaker to Deeds and Words. Delia has worked extensively in senior roles championing diversity and opportunity on every level. Formerly she has held director roles at both the Roundhouse in Camden (overseeing the delivery of the charity's main objective using the power of creativity to change the lives of young people) and at English National Ballet School and was a Senior Officer for Arts Council England. Delia has been Chair of the Board for world renowned Studio Wayne McGregor for 8 years, is a trustee of Phoenix Dance Theatre and regularly delivers leadership and mentoring with Clore Leadership programme. She has a qualification in Organisational Development certified by the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioural Science.
Deeds and Words used to be Caroline Ellis and Associates, and we continue to work with many of the same clients and people that Caroline has worked with for many years.