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Liverpool businessman posthumously honoured

A businessman who inspired generations of entrepreneurs is to be posthumously honoured in a special ceremony at Liverpool Town Hall on Wednesday 13 April.

John Haynes, who passed away in December 2020, was the founder of the Liverpool-based International Coaching Academy.

His career began at the Hygena factory in Kirkby as a cabinet maker, and he went on to work at Royal Sun Alliance, where he became Regional Director.

In 1998, he set up the International Coaching Academy, which was launched at Sir Paul McCartney’s LIPA with a specially written musical called ‘Life Changes’.

He became one of the world’s leading business consultants and motivational speakers, helping people reach their full potential using pioneering leadership and management methods.

He will be posthumously awarded the title of Citizen of Honour at Liverpool Town Hall in recognition of his hugely influential contribution to the business community of the city, and beyond.

The John Haynes Foundation has been set up in his memory to inspire others to continue his work.

Lord Mayor, Cllr Mary Rasmussen, said:

“John Haynes was a true inspiration for many people and I am delighted that we are honouring him. He loved Liverpool and never missed an opportunity to promote it, no matter where in the world he was.

“It is fantastic that The John Haynes Foundation continues to honour his legacy, supporting people of all ages and from all walks of life to transform and enhance their lives and careers.”

Hilda Yarker, Chair of the John Haynes Foundation, said:

“John Haynes was one of the most high profile, respected business leaders across the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Since John passed away in December 2020 his legacy continues through The John Haynes Foundation and all those who were influenced by his teachings.

“Along with John’s family, the Patrons, and Trustees of the foundation we are delighted to see John posthumously awarded the Liverpool City Council Citizen of Honour Award. This is a fitting tribute to a man whose impact will continue to be felt for generations to come. The people whose lives he touched and those he mentored will continue his work and influence others to ‘fly with the eagles’.”