Professor Sir Phil Redmond CBE
Phil Redmond is a television producer and screen writer, perhaps best known for creating three of Britain's longest running drama programmes Grange Hill, Brookside and Hollyoaks. He has written extensively for radio, television and stage.
He has a long association with Liverpool John Moores University. He first joined Liverpool Polytechnic as a Quantity Surveying student. Though his focus changed from bricks and mortar to soaps and digital technology, he has remained an active and steadfast supporter of the institution, along with his wife and business partner, Alexis (also an Honorary Fellow of LJMU).
Appointed Honorary Professor of Media Studies in 1989 and awarded a Fellowship in 2010 for his outstanding contributions to LJMU and commitment to Liverpool, he has been generous with his time, donations of equipment and financial support. He has also led a number of fund-raising campaigns on our behalf and given masterclasses and guest lectures for our Media Studies students.
“He is a great friend and ambassador for LJMU and we are proud to regard him as 'one of us'”
– Former Dean of Media and Professional Studies Professor Roger Webster
He arranged for high-profile guest speakers to visit the university, including Steven Spielberg and Greg Dyke in his View from the Top series, while also developing degrees in Media Professional Studies and Screenwriting. He also came up with the idea for the university's International Centre for Digital Content, which explored how digital technology could be used to support both business growth and community regeneration.
Phil was the guiding light for the creation of the Liverpool Screen School - the first of its kind in the Northwest - which is now located in the university's Redmonds Building, named after him and Alexis and opened in 2012.