Our Chief Executive, Louise Shepherd CBE, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). Louise is one of ten new Honorary Fellows, announced to mark LJMU’s 200th year. They were honoured at an event at St George’s Hall on Wednesday 8th November 2023.
Louise and her nine corecipients were each chosen because of their outstanding achievements in their respective fields, and for their contributions to improving lives across the Liverpool City Region and beyond.
Louise said: “I’m hugely grateful and humbled to be recognised by Liverpool John Moores University in its Bicentenary year, with what is its highest honour – an Honorary Fellowship. My corecipients are a wonderful group and I’m honoured to be considered alongside them. LJMU and Alder Hey have a fantastic relationship that reaches back many years. Together, we have prepared generations of healthcare professionals to be the best they can be and provide the children and young people of Liverpool and beyond with the very best care and treatment. They deserve no less.
“Thank you to LJMU Chancellor Nisha Katona and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mark Power, and to the University as a whole for awarding me the prestigious status of Honorary Fellow. Here’s to the next 200 years of our partnership.”
“Congratulations to Louise on having been bestowed this great honour. Liverpool John Moores University and Alder Hey are both local institutions that can be rightfully proud of all they have achieved for the city and region over their long and distinguished histories. Let that pride give us the momentum to move forward, together, and deliver a happier, healthier and fairer future for all.”Dame Jo Williams, Alder Hey Chair
The ten new Fellows come from a diverse range of backgrounds and industries, including professional sport, the arts and media, the public sector, engineering, tourism, and the judiciary. They join more than 300 who have been awarded an honorary fellowship by LJMU. The new Fellows are:
- Nikita Parris, professional footballer, UEFA Euro 2022 winner and LJMU alum
- Ngunan Adamu, BBC Radio Merseyside journalist, producer, presenter and LJMU alum
- Bryan Biggs, Director of Cultural Legacies at the Bluecoat and LJMU alum
- Andy Cooke, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary and HM Chief Inspector of Fire and Rescue Services
- Professor Joe Rafferty CBE, Chief Executive of Mersey Care
- Trish Bennett, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Nurse, Mersey Care
- Louise Shepherd CBE, Chief Executive of Alder Hey Children’s NHSFT
- Louisa Flitter, Civil Engineering Senior Project Manager, Environment Agency and LJMU alum
- HH Judge Sarah Wright, Circuit Judge, Sheffield Combined Court and LJMU alum
- Jamie Christon DL, Chief Executive of Chester Zoo