Ruth Jane Lea works in conservative British public policy research bodies. She is currently the Director of the Centre for Policy Studies and Global Vision, but is perhaps better known for being Head of the Policy Unit at the Institute of Directors, a post which she held between 1995 and 2003, and in which capacity she became a well-known television interviewee on matters relating to business.
She was a vociferous commentator of the standard of secondary school examinations, and would appear every year on television news programmes when ever-improving GCSE and A Level results were announced to criticise what she felt was a drop in standards and a refelction of grade inflation (but which others interpreted as an improved success rate for schools and students; higher educational standards).
She was born in 1947 and attended Lymm Grammar School (in Cheshire) and York and Bristol Universities. She spent nearly 16 years in the British Civil Service, working in the Treasury, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Central Statistical Office and the Civil Service College, before moving to the City where she was Chief Economist at Mitsubishi Bank and Chief UK Economist at Lehman Brothers. She was then Economics Editor at ITN – prior to moving to the IoD.
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