Elaine Birch Ruffell

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Person.png Elaine Birch Ruffell Companies House LinkedInRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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BornFebruary 1956
Alma materNational School for Government, University of Manchester, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls
Member ofInstitute for Statecraft
Interests“National security”
Senior fellow of the Institute for Statecraft with a focus on "National Security Leadership, Strategy and Architecture". "Led assessment & disruption of narcotic trafficking from Afghanistan to Europe"

Employment.png Senior Operational Officer & Analyst[1]

In office
June 2001 - July 2003
EmployerForeign and Commonwealth Office
"Led assessment & disruption of narcotic trafficking from Afghanistan to Europe."

Employment.png Senior Investigative Officer[2]

In office
December 1991 - June 2001
EmployerForeign and Commonwealth Office
"Responsible for identifying & containing threats to sources, staff & operations; and assessment of security clearances"

Elaine Birch Ruffell OBE has worked as a "senior fellow" of the Institute for Statecraft, focusing on "National Security Leadership, Strategy and Architecture."[3]


Elaine Birch Ruffell had a "30-year career within the UK Government undertook major transformation projects in both the Cabinet Office (implementing the findings of the Butler Report) and the Foreign Office (developing a multi-level leadership & talent management framework). [4] In the civil service, she among other things "led assessment & disruption of narcotic trafficking from Afghanistan to Europe" and built "strategic assessment and foresight capabilities in Central and South America. "

After retiring from the civil service in 2011, she has been a Fellow at the Institute of Statecraft since 2011.[5]

She worked for the the TorchlightGroup Ltd 2014-2016 where she "worked with the senior leadership of several national security organisations to enable leadership development and organisational transformation."[5]

She worked for OCTO from 2011, a company which is "Europe's foremost authority on the leadership and management of crisis and emergency situations."[5]

NOESIS ADVISORY Ltd from 2016, creating "21st century architectures, strategies and governance"[5].

She has "Enhanced cross-boundary/cross-border collaboration on transnational threats with the public, private & third-sectors and pioneered a new strategic foresight capability to underpin the UK National Security Strategy".[4]

She "Works with governments across Europe, North and Latin America advising on Parliamentary oversight, organisational & leadership development, building strategic assessment capabilities and developing cutting edge 'collaborative platforms' that revolutionise how knowledge is gathered & shared globally".[4]

At the same time as being a senior civil servant, she was an Associate and for a time Board member of the Global Futures Forum (2006-2014), "a multinational community initiated in 2005 to make sense of emerging and future transnational and global security challenges."[5]

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