Guest Lecture – The Right Reverend James Jones, The Bishop of Liverpool

17th Apr 2013, 5:00pm - 7:30pm

The Arts Centre

Hillsborough: A Personal Reflection – The Right Reverend James Jones,
The Bishop of Liverpool

James Jones has been Bishop of Liverpool for 15 years and has been heavily involved in the regeneration of the city. A regular writer and broadcaster, the Bishop champions the need for local communities to shape their own future and is known in the North West for his pastoral work and for reconciling different communities. He is Bishop for Prisons and a member of the House of Lords where he takes an interest in criminal justice and the environment.

In 2009, the Bishop was asked by the former Home Secretary Alan Johnson to chair the Hillsborough Independent Panel. The body was established to oversee the release of documents relating to the 1989 Hillsborough football disaster, which resulted in the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans and a subsequent 23-year campaign by the victims’ families and survivors for justice. Under the Bishop’s leadership, the panel worked to achieve the maximum possible disclosure of all documents relating to stadium disaster – the worst in UK history –  to encourage greater public understanding, represent the views of the families and survivors, and ultimately, to uncover the truth.   The landmark Report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel was published in September 2012. It revealed a catalogue of institutional failures that led to the tragedy and grave police wrongdoing as part of an attempt to avoid blame and impugn the reputations of the victims. The report has since led to the Attorney General ordering new inquests for all victims, and has resulted in one of the UK’s biggest independent investigations into police behaviour.

Following the 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy and as he stands down as Bishop of Liverpool, Bishop James Jones will offer a personal reflection on his work as Chair of the Hillsborough Independent Panel.


  • 5.00pm – Arrival
  • 5.30pm – Lecture
  • 6.30pm – Post Lecture refreshments

The launch of the exhibition JUSTICE TONIGHT: The Photographs by Peter Stevens, will take place after the Bishop’s lecture in the Arts Centre bar.

This event was organised by the Edge Hill University Multi-Faith Chaplaincy.  Representing various Christian denominations, the Jewish and Muslim faiths, the Chaplains offer staff and students a confidential and supportive service from a faith perspective on variety of issues ranging from financial, family and relationship worries. For more information on the Edge Hill Multi-Faith Chaplaincy, contact   

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