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Christina King is awarded prestigious Purple Plaque

Christina King is awarded prestigious Purple Plaque

Presentation of purple plaque
Elaine Heaphy, Head teacher, accompanied by selected pupils, presents a purple plaque to Christina King, Chief Commercial Officer of Tribosonics Ltd, during an assembly with pupils from her former school, St Mark’s West Essex Catholic School, after being selected as a Women in Innovation Award Winner 2020/21.

Today, St Mark’s West Essex Catholic School celebrated the work of former pupil Christina King, Chief Commercial Officer at Tribosonics, who has won the prestigious Women in Innovation Award from Innovate UK by unveiling a purple plaque in her honour on the school site.

The unveiling event was attended by Y10, Y11, and Y12 students at St Mark’s, the Rt. Hon. Robert Halfon MP, Richard Roberts from Innovate UK, and the regional press.

Purple Plaques recognise the achievements of female innovators

A twist on the blue plaque we’re all familiar with, Innovate UK is introducing purple plaques to recognise the achievements of some of the female innovators it supports who have won its prestigious Women in Innovation Award. The Award also sees recipients receive a cash injection of £50,000 and bespoke mentoring to scale up and bring to market their pioneering business ideas.

Currently, just 14% of blue plaques in the UK celebrate the achievements of women. This highlights a national issue of the under-representation of women in the media, the workplace and in the education system, resulting in a lack of relatable role models for children and young people. Innovate UK hopes the plaque will inspire pupils at the school to follow in Christina’s footsteps.

Revolutionary sensing-as-a-service model set to create a sustainable future for industry

Christina won the Women in Innovation Award this year with her commercial approach that aims to drive emissions reductions and energy savings through wider access to sensing technology developed at Tribosonics. Christina’s idea of revolutionising Sensing-as-a-Service to create a more sustainable future for industry.

Inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs and STEM professionals

Christina, who studied Mechanical Engineering at Brunel University and achieved an MBA from Leeds University, shared her journey and success with St Mark’s pupils to help inspire future entrepreneurs and STEM professionals.

Christina is one of a network of 64 Women in Innovation Award winners who are developing pioneering innovations to tackle pressing societal, environmental, and economic challenges; from delivering precision medicine to underrepresented populations, to offering eco-friendly materials for the aerospace industry and creating cutting-edge digital educational tools.

You can find out more information on the Women in Innovation programme here,  KTN Women In Innovation

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