The office of Lord-Lieutenant has existed for well over four hundred years. Each county has a Lord-Lieutenant who is the local representative of Her Majesty The Queen in that county. In Nottinghamshire this includes the City of Nottingham, as well as all of the Boroughs and Districts in the surrounding county area.
The Lord-Lieutenant's first and foremost duty is to uphold the dignity of the Crown. He seeks to promote a spirit of co-operation by encouragement of the voluntary services and benevolent organisations, and by taking an active interest in the business, industrial and social life of the county. The Lord-Lieutenant’s role is, like the Monarch's, essentially non-political.
The main duties of the Lord-Lieutenant may be summarised as follows:
- Arranging visits of Members of the Royal Family, and receiving and escorting Royal Visitors as appropriate.
- Presentation of medals and awards on behalf of The Queen to individuals, voluntary groups and business organisations.
- Participation in civic, voluntary and social events within the County.
- Liaison with local units of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force and their associated Cadet Forces.
- Leadership of the Local Magistracy as Chairman of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on the Appointment of Justices of the Peace (who are also known as Magistrates).
Lord-Lieutenants are appointed by the Monarch to serve until they reach the age of 75 years.
For more information about Lord-Lieutenants, visit the website of The British Monarchy.
The current Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire is Sir John Peace, who took up his appointment on 23 July 2012.
Deputy and Vice Lord-Lieutenant
The Lord-Lieutenant has appointed a Vice Lord-Lieutenant (Col. Timothy Richmond MBE TD DL) and a number of Deputy Lieutenants to assist him in the discharge of his duties and responsibilities.
Clerk to the Lieutenancy
The Clerk to the Lieutenancy is Mr Michael Burrows, Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire County Council.
High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire
The Office of High Sheriff is at least 1000 years old, having its roots in Saxon times before the Norman Conquest. It is the oldest continuous secular office under the Crown.
Originally the office held many of the powers now vested in the Lord-Lieutenant, High Court Judges, Magistrates, local authorities, Coroners and even the Inland Revenue. In England and Wales a High Sheriff is appointed for each County, and although originally the principal representative of the Crown the High Sheriff now takes precedence in the County immediately after the Lord-Lieutenant.
For more information about High Sheriffs visit the website of The High Sheriffs' Association of England and Wales.