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Keith Ruddock is a solicitor and was General Counsel and Company Secretary of The Weir Group PLC based in Glasgow, from April 2012 until his retirement at the end of 2015. Prior to joining The Weir Group, he had spent 20 years working in the international legal department of Shell in a variety of roles and in different parts of the world, most recently as General Counsel for Shell's global Upstream business based in The Hague.

Keith was born and grew up in Ireland, and is a member of both the Global Irish Network and of the Development Board of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in London. He is also a Visiting Professor in Law at the University of Strathclyde, and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.