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Ruth Amos

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Ruth Amos


Awards: Young Engineer for Britain 2006 and Management Today’s top 35 women under 35 and the youngest ever person to have this recognition


Ruth Amos (born 1989) is a British entrepreneur and inventor of the StairSteady.

The StairSteady is an aid to enable people with limited mobility to use their stairs confidently and safely. Amos designed it as part of a GCSE resistant materials project as a response to her teacher’s challenge to design an aid for people with limited mobility to use their stairs. He was prompted to do this as his father had recently had a stroke. Her product was launched in April 2008 at Naidex, a national healthcare show, and StairSteady ltd started trading September 2008.

Amos won the 2006 Young Engineer of the Year award in Britain with her idea. She was also picked as the youngest ever of Britain's "Heroines For Hard Times" 35 women under 35 by Management Today, Derbyshire Young Achiever 2006, she was the first ever Women of the Future "YoungStar" award winner, and she was listed on the Yorkshire 42 under 42 in May 2010.

Ruth is passionate about engineering and science. She has been a STEM ambassador for the past four years; she has also been involved with the Bloodhound SSC Land Speed Record project. Regularly judging for the Big Bang science and engineering fair, Ruth is involved with science and engineering on many levels, working in the classroom with small individuals to speaking on national and international platforms.

Ruth is passionate about education; working on projects to help promote enterprise in education, talking in schools regularly and speaking at events across the country promoting engineering and enterprise. In 2011 she was the Network of Aspiring Women’s Young Business women and Overall Winner. In June of that year Ruth set up SteelTV a media company run by young people, which specialises in capturing live events, sponsored by O2. In December 2011 Ruth set up Drols Ltd a Children’s brand that focuses on education and life skills through play aimed at 3-10 year olds.

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