Elizabeth J. Fothergill

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"Liz Fothergill (nee Shaw) was born and educated in Derby and after attending Loughborough University worked as a Children’s librarian. In 1977 she joined the family business in Derby, a company transitioning from sub contract engineering into the manufacture of medical disposables for operating theatre and intensive care use. Liz is Chairman of Pennine Healthcare which is still manufacturing in Derby, employing some 380 people in the City and exporting to some 70 countries worldwide. She is a member of Catalyst UK ,a global network working with UK Trade and Investment to promote UK excellence internationally.

"From 1999 to 2013 she was a Governor of the University of Derby ,latterly as Vice Chairman and having Chaired the Audit and Further Education Committees. Liz is Chair of Derwent Stepping Stones, Derby’s first Community Business, a neighbourhood nursery and Learning and Skills Academy. She is on the board of YMCA Derbyshire and supports their work with homeless young people through mentoring, fund raising and galvanising the power of local business to get involved. In June 2012 she was appointed HRH The Prince of Wales Ambassador for the East Midlands through his patronage of Business in the Community. She is Derby City Council’s representative on the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (The LEP). During 2012 she was a Commissioner on Bishop Alastair Redfern’s Commission, looking at issues affecting the quality of life as a community in Derby, the challenges and opportunities. She is a governor at Landau Forte Academy Moorhead (a primary school) and on the Board of Derby Manufacturing University Technical College (14 to 19 year olds) due to open in 2015.

"Liz also sits on the Department of Justice Derbyshire Advisory Board and was the Chair of Derbyshire Dales Careline from 2011 to 2013. She lives in Ashbourne and is married to Richard, has a son, two daughters and a granddaughter. Liz is in nomination to be High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 2016/17."[1]


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  1. Board, East Midlands Chamber, accessed May 25, 2015.