Julia Muir receives the Mary Lou Carrington Award

28 April 2016

Julia Muir, Managing Director of Gaia Innovation, was awarded the Mary Lou Carrington Award by the Worshipful Company of Educators at their 2016 Election and Awards Dinner recently. The Mary Lou Carrington Award recognises businesswomen for their outstanding contributions to education, and Julia Muir was nominated for her ongoing participation and support of Speakers for Schools, alongside her long-standing passion for helping young people.


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Julia has a long-established career in the automotive industry, including founding the Automotive Industry 30% Club to achieve greater gender equality within the field and more recently establishing Gaia Innovation in order to build long lasting relationships between automotive employers and their local schools, to find talented people and break away from the academic qualification/job experience focus of recruitment. To help improve social mobility, Julia Muir has established collaborations across the automotive industry and it’s this work that the Worshipful Company of Educators looked to celebrate with this award.

The late Mary Lou Carrington, for which the award was named, was a businesswoman and a Common Counsellor in the City of London, with a passionate commitment to education. She joined the Educators in its early stages and was instrumental in the development and growth of the professional body, representing the UK’s top educationalists. Her death in 2008 sadly prevented her installation as Master.

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The award was created in her memory and given each year to a business woman who has made a significant and inspirational contribution to education. Last year, another of our speakers, Charlotte Ransom, received this award.