Liverpool John Moores University Honorary Fellowships November 2014

Liverpool John Moores University has released details of the Honorary Fellowships to be conferred during its graduation ceremonies this November.

Recipients include the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, the Chief Executive of Liverpool’s oldest manufacturer, RS Clare & Co Ltd, and the Managing Director of Classic FM.

The Fellowships are given in recognition of outstanding achievement by an individual in a given field or profession and to those who exemplify the University’s ethos to ‘dream, plan and achieve’.

LJMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Weatherill said:

“The Honorary Fellows each represent a different profession but they have all played a central and important role in making Liverpool a vibrant city for its citizens, visitors and businesses. Their passion and commitment reflects the ethos of LJMU in using teaching, research, knowledge transfer and outreach initiatives to impact on the way we live. I am delighted to formally welcome such inspirational role models to the University.”

The following Fellowships will be conferred during LJMU’s graduation ceremonies at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on 27th and 28th November 2014.

Sir Jon Murphy QPM receives his Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his exceptional services to policing and community relations. Jon is the present Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, playing a key role in the continued delivery of local policing and meeting the needs of the community. He has been commended on fourteen occasions and was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in 2007 and knighted in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to policing. He has a LLB (Hons) in Law from the University of Liverpool and a diploma in Applied Criminology from the University of Cambridge. He has worked with the University to develop the annual LJMU Chief Constable Lecture series, providing a fly-on-the-wall account of life as a Chief Constable running one of the UK’s largest and most diverse police forces.

Darren Henley OBE receives his Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding contribution to arts and culture. Darren is the Managing Director of Classic FM. His two independent government reviews into music and cultural education resulted in the creation of England’s first National Plan for Music Education, new networks of Music Education Hubs and Heritage Schools, the BFI Film Academy and the new National Youth Dance Company. He is currently the chair of the government’s Cultural Education Board. His 27 books about classical music and musicians include the first official history of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Darren has worked with LJMU through its partnership with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic to broadcast Classic FM live from the University, as part of the Liverpool International Music Festival, opening up exciting cultural experiences for its students and the city. 

Ian Meadows OBE DL in recognition of his outstanding contribution to business and the civic life of the city. Ian is the Chairman and Chief Executive of R S Clare & Co Ltd, Liverpool’s oldest manufacturer, founded in 1748. Over a career of 40 years in Liverpool, Ian has been involved in crime prevention, regeneration, trade associations and community affairs. He has received a number of accolades including an OBE for services to industry and a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. He was Deputy Lieutenant for Merseyside in 2003 and Honorary Colonel in 2006. He has also been awarded for setting up a facility for would-be entrepreneurs in deprived areas of Liverpool. Ian was the High Sheriff of Merseyside for the year 2013-2014.


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Notes to Editors

The Honorary Fellowship is the highest award the University can bestow. Fellowships are typically conferred during the graduation ceremonies. Recipients are selected for outstanding achievements in their particular professional fields and for their association with the city and/or the University. Fellows of the University become closely associated with Faculty staff and students in their professional areas and often return to give seminars, masterclasses and guest lectures.

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The Honorary Fellows each represent a different profession but they have all played a central and important role in making Liverpool a vibrant city for its citizens, visitors and businesses. Their passion and commitment reflects the ethos of LJMU in using teaching, research, knowledge transfer and outreach initiatives to impact on the way we live. I am delighted to formally welcome such inspirational role models to the University.
LJMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Weatherill