Middlesex University alumna Julie Richings attended a ceremony at Buckingham Palace this week (Tuesday July 23) to accept a Queen's Award on behalf of her company, RMG Networks Ltd.
Julie, who graduated in 1993 with a BA in European Business Administration, has been Finance Director at the Hemel Hempstead-based digital signage company for 15 years and accepted the award alongside RMG Networks' Managing Director Dan Horgan.
Following three successive years of export growth during which overall sales grew by 40 per cent, the company was named a Queen's Award winner for Enterprise in International Trade 2013 in April this year.
The successful business woman, who lives in Luton and is married with three children, was naturally delighted to attend the ceremony and celebratory reception hosted by Her Majesty The Queen.
"Meeting the Queen and accepting the award with Dan on behalf of RMG was an exceptionally proud moment," said Julie.
"We've all worked together over many years to achieve outstanding growth so the palace reception represents such an important occasion for our export team and customers. We are planning a big company celebration when our CEO visits in September."
Having grown up in Luton, Julie has spent most of her life in the area, excluding her time at Middlesex University and a period living in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Following her graduation in 1993 she began working for Ernst & Young, one of the 'Big Four' accounting firms, and it was there that she gained her chartered accountancy qualification. She then joined Dacon Electronics PLC in 1998 and has worked there ever since, with an acquisition and merger creating RMG Networks as it is today.