Leicestershire's new Deputy Lieutenants
Three new Deputy Lieutenants have been commissioned under oath, in honour of their service to the local community. The Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Gretton, made the appointments at a special ceremony at Beaumanor Hall on Monday evening.
The new Deputy Lieutenants are:
Mr Ramanbhai Barber, MBE of Leicester, is a founder member and President of the Shree Sanatan Mandir in the City, an executive member of the Leicester Council of Faiths, and a trustee of the Gujarat Hindu Association.
Mrs Janie Martin, of Woodhouse Eaves, is County President of the Royal British Legion (Women’s section), a trustee of the Rural Community Council, a fomer county co-ordinator of Help for Heroes, and serves as President of the Friends of Charnwood Forest.
Dr Bridget Towle, CBE of Loughborough, is a former County Commissioner and current President of Girlguiding Leicestershire, and is a member of the University of Leicester’s Council and University Treasurer.
The Lord-Lieutenant is the official representative of Her Majesty The Queen for the County and City of Leicester. The office of Lord-Lieutenant is military in origin and can be traced back to the mid 16th Century. The Lieutenancy has evolved since the days of raising local militia and today, through the appointment of Deputy Lieutenants, represents the diverse communities of Leicester and Leicestershire.
Deputy Lieutenants undertake a wide range of duties and engagements including representing the Lord-Lieutenant and participating in Citizenship Ceremonies, attending remembrance services and parades, and helping to assess local organisations nominated for awards and honours.
The Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Gretton, said: "The Lieutenancy has enjoyed longstanding links with the uniformed services and with local community and voluntary organisations of Leicester and Leicestershire. These links are further enhanced following the appointments of these three very deserving candidates."