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Winners of the 2019 Liverpool Hope and The Leaders Club Awards announced

Exceptional leaders from businesses, organisations and charities across the Liverpool City region were honoured at a special awards.

The second Liverpool Hope and The Leaders Club Awards saw winners chosen from seven different categories.

Judges were looking for leaders who demonstrated some or all of the key leadership values of integrity, courage, empathy, competency, communication and co-operation, and who can show their impact in their chosen field and the Liverpool City Region.

The aim of the awards is to promote both excellence in leadership and the importance of long-term leadership education.

The winners each received a special Liver Bird trophy designed by Liverpool Hope University Fine Art Graduate Vivien Garland at the ceremony, which was held at Hope’s Creative Campus on Shaw St, Liverpool, on Thursday.

Stephen Fletcher, CEO of The Leaders Club and Fellow of the Liverpool Hope Business School, said the leaders deserve recognition from a wider selection of sectors in the region.

“Liverpool City Region is recognised worldwide for its leadership in the performing arts but it has so much more to be acclaimed,” he said.

“Liverpool Hope University and The Leaders Club are proud to identify and celebrate great leaders from across our region who are making a real difference in their areas of work.

“A team of judges are drawn from the expertise within Liverpool Hope University and The Leaders Club to ensure the highest principles and standards are set.

“Nominations are submitted through a variety of channels with nominees required to provide evidence to support their applications.

“In February 2019, our judges were brought together for intense discussions to make their final selections.

“Thursday’s awards were the culmination of all these efforts – a celebratory Leaders Awards dinner where the worthy winners will be announced.”

Professor Ian Vandewalle, Liverpool Hope University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor said the awards also “highlight the way that our businesses, charities and educational institutions are having a national and international impact”.

“At Liverpool Hope Business School, we are teaching students who will be the future leaders in these sectors,” he said. “The Liverpool Hope & Leaders Club Awards are an opportunity for the students to see the impact that exceptional leadership has."

The Leaders Club was established in 2009 with the motto of ‘Bringing Great Minds Together’.

In 2019, it celebrated its 10th year with over 100 events and more than 600 members.


The Winners

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.

Common Good 
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.

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


Lisa Dorrity
, Senior School Improvement Officer, School Improvement Liverpool
As strategic lead for the Early Years, Lisa Dorrity 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 provision in Liverpool ever seen. 

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, even as a Wife, Mum and Grandmother she continued to drive the Plaza to better things, and under her leadership the Plaza is a beacon within the community.

Health Care
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.

Social Care
Jake Mills,
Founder, Chasing the Stigma
Comedian and writer Jake Mills 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
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.

Published on 17/05/2019