Life wishes to announce the retirement of its Chairman and founder, Professor Jack Scarisbrick, MBE, FRHistS, after 47 years of dedicated service.
Professor Scarisbrick, who turns 89 this year was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2015 New Years Honours in recognition of his tireless work for the vulnerable.
Professor Scarisbrick, a historian who taught at Warwick University, and his wife Nuala, who has also retired from Life’s Board of Trustees, founded Life in 1970 in response to the 1967 Abortion Act. With their strong conviction that all human life should be respected from conception to its natural end, they positioned the charity to develop as an organisation which provides practical alternatives to abortion. Life is today the largest prolife service provider in the UK offering counselling, a national helpline, accommodation, natural fertility treatment and education talks to over 25,000 students every year.
The chairmanship of Life now passes to Laura Higgins, a primary school teacher from Blackpool who has been involved with the charity all her life. Mrs Higgins said “It’s an absolute honor and privilege to have been elected as Chair Person for Life. Continuing the fantastic work of Jack will be no mean feat, however, I know we both share the same vision – That we can create a just society where people facing crisis pregnancy will have the confidence and support necessary to choose life. ”
Professor Scarisbrick said “Laura is young dynamic and totally committed to the prolife cause. She will play a major part in carrying forward the renewal of Life already well launched by our new CEO Stephen Sharpe.”