Oliver Stephenson

Elizabeth Fothergill Hon D Univ. CBE DL was installed as High Sheriff of Derbyshire  in a ceremony held on 7th April 2016 at the Parish Church of St. Michaels, Shirley, Nr Ashbourne.

At the end of her speech Liz said

“ it is with more than a frisson of excitement, expectation and challenge  that I take on the role knowing that however illustrious were previous High Sheriffs it is my duty to take forward a modern Shrievalty, to show its relevance , purpose  and meaning to our entire community with all its amazing diversity .”

Liz  was born and educated in Derby and after attending Loughborough University worked as a Children’s librarian for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire County Councils.

Liz is currently Chairman of Pennine Healthcare in Derby  which manufactures medical products employing some 380 people in the City.  Exporting has a passion for Liz, Pennine exports to some 70 countries worldwide. She was recently made 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 on the board of the University of Derby latterly as Vice Chairman having chaired the Audit and Further Education Committees. 

In 2008 Liz became Chair of Derwent Stepping Stones, Derby’s first Community Business, a neighbourhood nursery and Learning and Skills Academy.

In 2011 she joined the board of YMCA Derbyshire and supports their work with homeless young people from very challenged backgrounds through mentoring, fund raising and trying to galvanise the power of local business to get involved.

In June 2012 Liz was appointed as HRH The Prince of Wales Ambassador for the East Midlands through his patronage of Business in the Community. 

She was President of the  East Midlands  Chamber  of Commerce  in 2015 and 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 our life as a community in Derby, the challenges and opportunities.   

She is a governor at Landau Forte Academy Moorhead (a primary school) and  previously on the Board of Derby Manufacturing University Technical College .

Liz sat on the Department of Justice Derbyshire Advisory Board  from 2006 to 2015 and was the Chair of Derbyshire Dales Careline from 2011 to 2013.

Liz is Chair of Derby Book Festival.

Liz lives in Ashbourne and is married to Richard, has a son, 2 daughters and a granddaughter.