Dame Janet Trotter OBE DBE CVO has been made an Honorary Freewoman of the city in recognition of her contribution to Gloucester.
Dame Janet who is the Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire was made an Honorary Freewoman of the city at the annual civic ceremony on Sunday at Gloucester Cathedral.
Among her many achievements, Dame Janet, helped found the University of Gloucestershire in 2001 and served as founding Vice-Chancellor and Principal until her retirement in 2006.
As chair of the Council of Church Colleges and Universities she was instrumental in advocating a church presence in higher education and was also a Lay Member of Chapter of Gloucester Cathedral.
In addition, she has held several positions within the National Health Service in Gloucestershire and the South West of England, and was Chair of the Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust from 2002 until 2010.
She is involved in a number of charities including Community Foster Carers, the Nelson Trust and the Cyber Trust: previously she chaired an Expert Working Group for government on Initial Teacher Education and Information Technology.
In 2010 she was appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire and serves as the representative of Her Majesty the Queen in the county.
She received an OBE in 1991, a DBE 10 years later and a CVO in the recent honours list (New Years Honours 2018).
It was agreed that she would be made an Honorary Freewoman in a unanimous vote by city councillors.
Mayor of Gloucester, Councillor Steve Morgan, said: “I’m delighted that we are at long last giving Dame Janet the recognition she so richly deserves. She has worked tirelessly over the years for the good of this city and its residents and I hope this honour goes some way to showing our gratitude for everything she has done.”
Dame Janet said: ‘This is an enormous honour. I have been involved with the city for many years and love the diversity of its people and value its growing sense of pride and aspiration. I hope to continue to serve the city for many years to come and to witness and support its transformation’