Ruth Hunt – Chief Executive of Stonewall will deliver a lecture as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series entitled ‘Achieving social change’. Ruth will talk about her early campaigning career at school and University and her experiences as leader at Stonewall. As both a woman and a lesbian Ruth has unique experiences of leadership lobbying and building relationships based on humanity; compassion and empathy. Ruth has redefined Stonewall’s role as a charity from one that enables change to one that empowers others to make change happen. Under her leadership Stonewall’s programmes and the way they are delivered have been refined to ensure they create sustainable; powerful grassroot activism; both in the UK and abroad. Ruth has also established Stonewall as a leading voice on international LGBT equality delivering ground-breaking international empowerment programmes in some of the world’s most hostile countries; in addition to being a major influencer on the UK Government; ensuring the UK is an informed and effective world leader for LGBT equality.