Beatrice Fraenkel, Mersey Care’s chairman since 2008, has been awarded the prestigious Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Beatrice Fraenkel, Mersey Care’s chairman since 2008, has been awarded the prestigious Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

She was named in a list of 2019 Honorary Fellows released today after a career spent working in a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector partners to deliver for and with their local communities.

Since becoming chairman of Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust a decade ago, she has taken a keen interest in developing therapeutic and award-winning environments, including Clock View Hospital in Walton and The Life Rooms community hubs in Walton and Southport.

Mrs Fraenkel is a qualified industrial design engineer and ergonomist with an established career in regeneration across the region. She used her expertise to chair the Trust’s Design Board, working with service users to influence the caring environment at Clock View and current new-build mental health hospitals in Southport and Maghull.

Joe Rafferty, Mersey Care’s Chief Executive, said: “Beatrice’s expertise has assisted the Trust to significantly improve our estate. She has been a consistent voice, nationally, for the need to lift the standards expected for mental health, which for so long trailed behind the care provided for physical health.”

RIBA award their Honorary Fellowships every year to those who have contributed greatly towards architecture and have helped improve the quality of design and influence the delivery of the built environment in a sustainable and creative way.

A former Chair of the Ropewalks Partnership in Liverpool, Mrs Fraenkel said: “I’m absolutely delighted to receive the RIBA Honorary Fellowship and I sit alongside some extremely prestigious names within British architecture.

“I’ve always been passionate about buildings and improving environments and during my time at Mersey Care we have continually tried to lift standards to provide the best therapeutic buildings for patients, service users, carers and staff.”

RIBA President Ben Derbyshire added: “I’m delighted that Beatrice has become an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA. Her support and devotion to the built environment and the profession of architecture has been considerable. I’m very pleased to welcome her to the RIBA.”