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Shortlist announced for Liverpool Hope & The Leaders Club Awards

The shortlist for the Liverpool Hope & the Leaders Club Awards 2019 has been announced, with 20 nominees selected by the judging panel.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural awards, the judges once again had a wealth of impressive and inspiring entries to choose from across the six categories.

The shortlisted individuals have been chosen for their ability to demonstrate some or all of the following leadership values, traits and qualities: Honesty, integrity, courage, empathy, competency, communication, co-operation and impact.

The 2019 nominees are:


• Claire Benjamin
Deputy Director (Education & Visitors), National Museums Liverpool
Claire has been a leading force in the field of how museums change lives. Over the past decade as Head of Community Partnerships and Deputy Director, Education and Visitors, at National Museums Liverpool, Claire has developed and led several award-winning wellbeing projects for the museums, heritage and arts sector.

• Patrick Kirk-Smith
Features Writer, Art in Liverpool CIC
Patrick is an independent writer, editor and curator. In 2018, his efforts at championing the visual arts across the entire Liverpool City Region led to the delivery of a remarkable programme of activity that has earned him the admiration, respect and affection of his peers.

• Colette Lilley
Visual Artist, Arena Art & Design Studios
Colette is an artist and organisational operative who works tirelessly in a manner that is courageous and almost ‘under the radar’. Since 2010, Colette has been involved with and indeed, initiated a number of integral arts groups that have helped instil a very worthwhile sense of community within the arts in Liverpool.

Common Good

• Stuart Carrington
Football Development Officer, Liverpool County Football Association
Stuart has worked tirelessly to secure funding, establish sustainable relationships, and develop inclusion programmes. This, alongside his open and honest communication strategies, has changed the lives of many through football.

• Allan Grogan
Chair and Trustee, Dementia Together Wirral
Alan’s life for the past 12 months has been devoted to setting up what is now a registered charity called ‘Dementia Together Wirral’. He has led the volunteer group, identified individual expertise and experience and channelled this into different areas.

• Lisa Dorrity
Senior School Improvement Officer, School Improvement Liverpool
As strategic lead for the Early Years, Lisa is responsible for improving educational outcomes for all 0 – 5-year-old children. Lisa has been instrumental in creating the vision for the Early Years Chartered Leader Programme, leading to the highest number of Ofsted-rated outstanding early years provisions ever seen in Liverpool.

• Hans Broekman
Principal, Liverpool College
Hans Broekman was appointed 17th Principal of Liverpool College in June 2008. His courage to innovate and explore partnerships with outside agencies has made Liverpool College an example to others educational establishments.

• John Patterson
Principal, St Vincent’s School for Sensory Impairment
Formerly an engineer, John retrained as a teacher and has spent most of his career in Liverpool’s inner city schools. In 2013, he joined St Vincent’s School as Principal and has become a global leader in education for sensory impairment while leading the school to great success.


• Janet Dunn
Chair of Trustees, Plaza Community Cinema
Janet’s unwavering commitment and passion has seen the revival of Plaza Community Cinema. Jan has committed 22 years of her life - alongside her role as a wife, mum and grandmother - to drive the Plaza to better things, and under her leadership, the Plaza is a beacon within the community.

• Ian Pollitt
Assistant Project Director, Liverpool Waters
Ian’s enthusiasm, passion and tenacity for driving regeneration of the waterfront in his home town of Liverpool, is seen through his commitment to progress and partnership building in the 30-year dockland regeneration project. Ian has quietly collaborated and built relationships with stakeholders across the region to create thousands of opportunities.

• Bill Addy
CEO, Liverpool BID Company
Bill’s leadership and vision has served the interest of over 1,500 Liverpool city centre businesses with 12 consecutive months of footfall growth in key shopping areas. Under Bill’s leadership, the BID also proactively works to develop employee skills and encourage high standards in customer service through its Mystery Shop programme and the Echo Retail Awards.

Health & Social Care

• Hazel Brown
Head of Carers Services, Local Solutions
Hazel has worked for Local Solutions, supporting unpaid carers, for 21 years. Through her leadership, Hazel has drawn together the best of public, private and voluntary sector cooperation. Hazel’s empathy with carers and vision and initiative has made such a difference to Local Solutions and their service users.

• Mark Waterhouse
Service Manager, Sefton Council
Mark’s work with Sefton Council’s Integrated Reablement and Assessment Service has been key to developing a multi-agency collaboration that has delivered transformative support care for those with support needs across the Liverpool City Region.

• Bernadette Buckle
Mobility Officer & Head of Care, St Vincent’s School for Sensory Impairment
Bernadette has worked at St Vincent’s for over 40 years and is a leader in her field, having written and delivered mobility and independence training for several universities and adult services.

• Becky Williams
Head of Planning & Performance, NHS Knowsley CCG
Now working in Knowsley, Becky was nominated by her former team at NHS South Sefton CCG, where she worked for six years. Becky’s team leadership as Head of Business Intelligence for Strategic Planning and Performance led to inter-team collaboration and cohesive work across Sefton.

• Lesley Dixon
Chief Executive, PSS
Lesley has led PSS for nine years. Since her arrival, the organisation has undergone a successful rebrand, restructure and modernisation, plus a recent transition to their new headquarters in North Liverpool. In a challenging time for the sector, Lesley’s leadership has led to the growth and survival of this much needed service in Liverpool and beyond.

• Jake Mills
Founder, Chasing the Stigma
Comedian and writer Jake set up national mental health charity Chasing the Stigma in 2014, in response to his own battle with depression and suicide attempt in 2013. Working with a local software development consultancy, Jake has created the Hub of Hope app, making it easier to find help at the click of a button.

Uniformed Services

• Stephen Rice
Chief Inspector, Merseyside Police
Stephen worked as the single point of contact for the father of Alfie Evans throughout the high-profile tragic case of Alfie’s terminal illness and treatment at Alder Hey Hospital. Stephen’s work led to a trusting and reliable relationship between the family and Merseyside Police.

• Christopher Ruane
Sergeant, Merseyside Police
Christopher works as Sergeant, Incident Commander and Inspector with Merseyside Police. His effective work on numerous cases and his volunteer work on the ‘Wellbeing Initiative’ demonstrate his commitment to his role.

• Mark Thomas
Group Manager, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service
Alongside Mark’s role, his voluntary work, leading initiatives to support mental wellbeing and partnering with mental health charity MIND, have earned him the title of Officer Lead in Mental Wellbeing. Mark also represents the service at the Cheshire and Merseyside Suicide Reduction Partnership.

Nominees will be invited to a special celebratory awards dinner at the University’s Creative Campus on Thursday 16th May 2019, where the winners will be announced.

Published on 05/04/2019