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23 November

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CEO Steve Hawkins receives LJMU Honorary Fellowship

CEO Steve Hawkins receives LJMU Honorary Fellowship


On 15th July, Local Solutions Chief Executive, Steve Hawkins, was presented with an Honorary Fellowship by Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) at Liverpool Cathedral by the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nigel Weatherill.

 left to right Professor Nigel Weatherill, Steve Hawkins, Stephen Collett and Paul Holme, Acting Pro Chancellor for the Ceremony

A graduate of the University of Lancaster, where he studied Politics and International Relations, Steve has spent all of his professional life working in the voluntary sector and the NHS. His career began as a volunteer supporting homeless people in the night shelter in Liverpool Metropolitan’s Cathedral Crypt.In a parallel career, Steve has served as a Non-Executive Director in the NHS, including eight years as Chairman of Merseycare NHS Trust.  He has also served as a Trustee on a number of charities, most recently as a Trustee of The Reader Organisation. 

Retired Probation Chief, Stephen Collett, presented Steve for the admission for the Honour for his outstanding contribution to charity services in Liverpool and across the North West”.  He informed guests that Steve has worked for Local Solutions for over three decades; ten of those years as Chief Executive. He went on to say how the organisation had started life as Merseyside Council for Voluntary Service in 1974, but latterly became known as Local Solutions in 2000 refocusing its efforts on initiating programmes to combat poverty and provide opportunities for people to improve the quality of their lives, which continues to be the charity’s primary aim today.

In accepting the award Steve said “Thank you for giving me the privilege of a Fellowship of LJMU.  I particularly want to thank my predecessors, colleagues, volunteers and Trustees, over many years, for making this award possible”.

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