Professor the Lord Alton of Liverpool

Director of the Foundation for Citizenship

For twenty-five years David Alton served as a City Councillor or MP in Liverpool.  He was the country's youngest City Councillor, youngest member of the House of Commons and went on to be the youngest Life Peer. He is a former deputy leader of Liverpool City Council, served as Housing Chairman and as a Merseyside County Councillor.

David is Professor of Citizenship at Liverpool John Moores University and, in1997 he founded the Foundation for Citizenship at theUniversity. As part of this, he established the Roscoe Lecture series and created a Good Citizens award scheme that is operating in 800 schools in the north west of England.

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Barbara Mace


Barbara has managed the Foundation for Citizenship at Liverpool John Moores University since its establishment by David Alton (now Lord Alton of Liverpool) in 1997.

Barbara's connection with David Alton began in 1989 when she worked as his PA/Researcher when he was Member of Parliament for Liverpool Mossley Hill.  When the constituency was abolished in 1997, David established the Foundation for Citizenship.

In 1995 Barbara took her own first steps into politics and was elected to Liverpool City Council as the Councillor for Woolton Ward with special interests in City Centre Regeneration. She was appointed as Assistant Executive Member for Regeneration and Transport in 2002 and is also the council representative on Mersey Waterfront, a pan-Merseyside organisation overseeing the regeneration of the waterfront.  

Barbara is very active in the community and is proud of her role as co-Chair of the very successful Woolton in Bloom. 

She is also heavily involved with a number of charitable organisations doing voluntary work for the National Association of Child Contact Centres, acting as Trustee of the Epiphany Trust and the Woolton Education and Recreation Trust, sitting on the board of  Sefton Park Palm House, serving as school governor at Woolton Infants' school and as a member of the Parish Council of Holy Trinity CE Church in Wavertree.

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