Starting her working life as a librarian in 1977 Liz found herself between jobs when she started helping out in the family business. The business evolved from engineering, filling stations and car sales and by the end of the 70s was manufacturing a small range of plastic medical disposable products.
Decades later, Liz still has the manufacturing bug and today the business, now known as Pennine Healthcare, has a turnover of in excess of £30m a year, has 380 employees and produces 250,000 items a day, of which 70% are exported to 80 countries worldwide.
Many of our readers will know that Liz is an ambassador for Derby. She was Deputy Chair of the University of Derby from 2003-2013 and is now Chair of Derwent Stepping Stones and the Derby Book Festival.
Liz commented: "I am honoured to have been invited to be High Sheriff of Derbyshire. During my tenure, I would like to really fly the flag for all that is great and good about Derby and Derbyshire, including its businesses, and ensure that the East Midlands remains a flag-bearer for the rest of the UK."