Ruth Amos (born 1989) was Young Engineer for Britain 2006, with her idea, The StairSteady. The StairSteady is an aid to enable people with limited mobility to use their stairs confidently and safely. The StairSteady was designed as part of her GCSE resistant materials project as a response to a teacher’s challenge to design an aid to enable people with limited mobility to use their stairs. The company StairSteady Ltd was set up in 2006 to protect the product and bring it to market which was achieved in 2008 while Ruth was studying for her A-levels. Ruth now runs StairSteady Ltd full time and organise the distribution and fitting of the StairSteady across the UK, and abroad.
Ruth works on projects to help promote enterprise in school, and talk in schools regularly. She is an Enterprise UK ambassador, was Young Entrepreneurs (runner up) 2006, Derbyshire Young Achiever 2006 and Intel Science and Engineering Fair finalist 2008, a Cragrats ambassador, and enterprise Role model in South Yorkshire and speak at events across the country promoting engineering and enterprise. In 2006 she was a guest speaker at IET (Institute of Electrical Engineers) national conference alongside Sir Robin Saxby- chairman of ARM holdings. In 2008 she attended the Intel ISEF science and engineering fair in Atlanta representing the UK in mechanical Engineering. She has spoken at both local and national events promoting engineering and motivating both young and old. Ruth is the youngest person ever to be on Management Today’s 35 women under 35 (she appeared in their 2009 list), and winner of the women of the Future ‘young star’ Award. She is passionate about education and is a STEM ambassador as well as being part of the Bloodhound SSC land speed record ambassador scheme. Fromm 2008 to 2011 Ruth was a HMRC case study and featured as part of the ‘’start up diaries’ and later did a special in record keeping. In 2009 Ruth presented ‘going it alone’ a video made with Cragrats and Business education South Yorkshire to educate adults wanting to set up a business giving them ‘real life’ help and encouragement. In May 2010 Ruth was on the Yorkshire 42 under 42 and in September of that year she was recognised as a ‘women of achievement’ by the Women of the Year Foundation. In September 2011 Ruth was the Network of Aspiring Women’s Young entrepreneur 2011 and Overall winner. In November Ruth was recognised as a Striding Out Future 100 Young Social Entrepreneur 2011.
Ruth is currently fund raising to go to Zambia in 2012 with Habitat for Humanity. She is a Trustee of Sheffield Youth Theatre and Greenbelt Festival. Ruth is passionate about fair trade. In April 2011 Ruth was accepted into the National Youth Theatre. In her spare time Ruth is a presenter of SteelTV an online TV channel based in Sheffield and supported by O2 think big and is business editor of the award winning online magazine Verita.