Lord Mayor named in ‘power list’

Liverpool’s Lord Mayor has been named in a prestigious list of women making a difference in their communities and raising awareness of gender equality.

Councillor Anna Rothery, the city’s first black Lord Mayor, is included in the Power List released by Northern Power Women.

It celebrates women who challenge the norm and use their influence and power for good.

Cllr Rothery has sat on Liverpool City Council for 15 years, and made political history in 2012 as the first elected member to address the United Nations on religious, linguistic and ethnicity differences.

Anna was awarded the HSBC Political figure award of 2019 and the House of Lords Baton award for most influential black female politician of 2019.

The Lord Mayor said: “It is a source of great pride for me to be included in this list of inspirational women.

“I am determined to use opportunities like this to encourage and inspire others and show it is possible to make a positive difference for your community and your city, whatever your background.

“We all have a duty to be the best role model we can possibly be for young people.”

Simone Roche MBE, founder and CEO of Northern Power Women, said: “Once again this year I have been absolutely amazed at the outstanding number and quality of nominations we’ve received and it has been hugely impressive to see the range of organisations represented.

“I’ve always known there were incredible role models in and from the North, but after receiving almost 1500 nominations, I have to say that even I was astounded. Our incredible category panels made up of 65 judges had a difficult – but inspiring – time identifying the shortlisted nominees.”

Anna Rothery, the first black lord mayor of Liverpool. A councillor for 15 years, making political history in 2012 as the first elected member to address the United Nations on religious, linguistic and ethnicity differences. Anna was awarded the HSBC Political figure award 2019 and the House of Lords Baton award for most influential black female politician 2019.

Other Liverpool women on the list are:

Jennifer Lee – the first female to lead the Liverpool office global business advisory firm, KPMG who also organises events to give children the opportunity to learn through play.

Liz Dean – who has led the transformation of Merseytravel, ensuring that the corporate culture is one of respect and inclusivity.

Colette McKune MBE – Group Chief Executive at ForViva Group, has always been a campaigner for equality and inclusivity.

Sue Grindrod – Director on the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce board and Chair and Director of Liverpool Waterfront Business Partnership Community Interest Company.

The winners will be announced on 16 March at a gala awards night and dinner at the Manchester Central Convention Complex.