The citation was read by Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside Dame Lorna Muirhead.
Ian is the Chairman and Chief Executive of R S Clare & Co Ltd, Liverpool’s oldest manufacturer, founded in 1748. Over a career of 40 years in Liverpool, Ian has been involved in crime prevention, regeneration, trade associations and community affairs.
He has received a number of accolades including an OBE for services to industry and a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. He was Deputy Lieutenant for Merseyside in 2003 and Honorary Colonel in 2006.
He has also been awarded for setting up a facility for would-be entrepreneurs in deprived areas of Liverpool. Ian was the High Sheriff of Merseyside for the year 2013-2014.
Addressing the Liverpool Cathedral, Ian spoke of his great honour at receiving the Fellowship and his pride at being from Merseyside. He also expressed his thanks to the employees of his business.
Ian's advice to graduates was that ‘the more you put in, then the more you will benefit’ and he encouraged them to ‘step out of your comfort zone, be brave and go for your dream.’