Purple Plaque to celebrate Dr Lorin Gresser’s Women in Innovation Award

On Friday 4th February, we celebrated the work of Dr Lorin Gresser, the parent of a current student at the school, who won the prestigious Women in Innovation Award from Innovate UK by unveiling a purple plaque in her honour on the school site, where we are sure it will inspire the future generations of women in STEM.

A twist on the blue plaque, Innovate UK is introducing purple plaques to recognise the achievements of some of the female innovators. Currently, just 14% of blue plaques in the UK celebrate the achievements of women.

Dr Gresser won the Women in Innovation Award in 2016 with her award-winning health technology platform, Dem Dx Ltd, supporting healthcare professionals at the front line to deliver better and safer care to those most in need.

I’m so excited to be recognised in this way. School played such a big part in setting me on my journey and I want to help the next generation realise their ambitions. It’s critical that young people have strong role models to follow and I’m humbled to be recognised in this way – I hope it helps other young women with dreams of starting their own business to have the confidence to give it a shot.

Dr Gresser

At Channing we encourage our pupils to understand their strengths and learn to mitigate their weaknesses, using their time at school to develop their skills and enjoy their success, however they may define it. We hope this plaque will inspire our pupils to be 10% braver in pursuit of their own personal ambitions, reminding them that as girls and young women, nothing is beyond their grasp. We are delighted to celebrate the success of a member of the Channing community in this way and we look forward to hearing more from Dr Gresser about working in STEM in the future.

Mrs Lindsay Hughes