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Elizabeth Jane Fothergill

The Prince's Regional Ambassador 2013 East Midlands - Chairman, 
Elizabeth Jane Fothergill

As part of role as The Prince's Regional Ambassador for East Midlands in 2013, Liz has taken an active role not only in supporting the Business Connectors programme in the East Midlands, but also in helping to recruit new members to BITC.

She hosted a meeting early March to recruit Business Connectors, where business leaders heard the inspiring stories of three Business Connectors, and the difference that their secondment had made not only to their local communities but also to their own lives.  On the back of this meeting one business has already agreed to come into membership of BITC, and several others are seriously looking at the Business Connector programme.

Liz is facilitating a number of BITC recruitment meetings, using her many contacts, particularly in the Derby area. Liz is hosting a BITC membership recruitment event for us on 25th April, with over 60 companies being invited.

She is looking to ensure more co-ordination between various organisations – particularly those supporting homeless people and NEETs.

More about Liz

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 is in nomination to be High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 2016/17