Ruth Amos is a Managing Director for StairSteady Ltd, StairSteady Products, and DROLS. Ruth is also a Trustee for Young Engineers and a ‘Your Life’ Ambassador, a project aimed at getting more young people into STEM. Ruth also is a trustee for Greenbelt, an Art, Faith and Justice Festival, and she does a wide range of public speaking through Room 54.
Ruth established StairSteady Ltd in 2006 after designing the StairSteady as part of her GCSE Resistant Materials Course, she then went on to win Young Engineer for Britain 2006 with the StairSteady. The StairSteady is a mobility device to maintain independence and safety on the stairs. Following on from this success she took the StairSteady through to market in 2008 and it is now available through a network of Dealers in the UK and shortly will be available in Canada and the USA.
Ruth became Managing Director of DROLS in 2012; DROLS is a start up Toy and Education Company that is developing a range of interactive figures that will teach children communication skills and basic subject knowledge. DROLS is currently looking for investment to allow it to break into the UK market.
As well as being such an active Entrepreneur Ruth also enjoys public speaking and takes part in a wide range of events from schools and universities through to corporate events. Ruth is available through Room 54 (http://motivational-speakers.co.uk/) and has many testimonials from a wide variety of engagements.
In 2016 Ruth is one of four curators, curating FutureFest. FutureFest is Nesta’s flagship innovation festival. Ruth is curating ‘the Future of Work’.
Ruth particularly enjoys being a part of various charities and is involved as a trustee in Young Engineers and Your Life. She is also an Ambassador for the Bloodhound Project. These particularly appeal to Ruth as they allow her to encourage and inspire the next generation of Engineers and Entrepreneurs.
Ruth is also a trustee for Greenbelt a Art, Faith and Justice Festival and she has played an active part in this project for the last 5 years. Ruth also is involved with the FairTrade movement and has organised several ‘Be Good Be Beautiful’ events which promote organic and FairTrade clothing.
Ruth has received many awards and accolades for her work, these are detailed below. In her spare time Ruth enjoys running and has completed several half marathons and she is also an active member of her local swimming club, she often competes with this club.
Awards and Recognition
- Young Engineer for Britain 2006
- Design Most Likely To Benefit the Disabled 2006
- Design Most Likely To Benefit the Community 2006
- Young Entrepreneurs – Runner up 2006
- Derbyshire Young Achiever 2006
- Intel ISEF Science and Engineering Fair – Finalist – Represented the UK in Mechanical Engineering 2008
- Management Today 35 Under 35 – Ruth was the youngest person ever to be entered onto the list 2009
- Women of the Future – Young Star Award 2009
- Women of Achievement – by the Women of the Year Foundation 2010
- http://www.womenoftheyear.co.uk/ http://www.womenoftheyear.co.uk/foundation.htm
- Yorkshire 42 Under 42 2010
- Future 100 Young Social Entrepreneur 2011 – Striding Out
- Network of Aspiring Women – Young Entrepreneur 2011 and Overall Winner.
- BHTA Product of the Year 2014 (StairSteady)