University of Leicester Academic is New Lord Lieutenant for Rutland
The Sub-Dean of the University of
Leicester Medical School, Dr Laurence Howard, has taken up his role as
Lord-Lieutenant for Rutland. The
appointment was made by Her Majesty the Queen.
Dr Howard, who was a serving Deputy
Lieutenant, was appointed to the post on July 14 upon the retirement of Air Chief
Marshal Sir Jock Kennedy.
Dr Howard (60), who lives in Rutland was
appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1979 and was made Chair of the
Leicestershire Magistrates Association in 1986. He has been involved in prison visiting and other charitable work.
Dr Howard is married to Christine and they have two grown-up children.
He said: ‘’I am greatly honoured to have
been appointed Her Majesty’s representative for Rutland and will endeavour to
do all that I can to promote the welfare of the County and its community.
The role of Lord-Lieutenant has long been associated with the Magistracy
and I would wish to pay tribute to all Magistrates and court staff for their
unstinting work in the administration of justice.
I would also wish to record my gratitude to the University and Medical
School for their tremendous work, in all spheres, on behalf of the
The Office of the Lord-Lieutenant dates from
the sixteenth century and has its origins in the military when the holder became
responsible for local military defence and the maintenance of order and is
derived from the position of Sheriff. The
post was regarded as temporary and originally only filled in times of social
upheaval. The Lord-Lieutenant has always been associated with the work
of Magistrates and until the nineteenth century appointed the Clerk to the
In 1871 regulation of the Forces Act removed
the militia from the direct control of the Lord-Lieutenant and this was followed
in 1921 by the loss of power to call men of the County to fight in case of need.
In England and Wales Her Majesty the Queen
appoints the Lord-Lieutenant for each county on the advice of the Prime
Minister. The Lord-Lieutenant naturally
attends any Royal visits to the county and for the presentation of awards to
organisations (Queen’s Award to Industry) and to individuals.
The Lord-Lieutenant advises on honours nominations and represents Her
Majesty the Queen at other events, as appropriate.
Close links are maintained with the Royal
Navy, Army and Royal Air Force and he has responsibility for overseeing the
appointment of magistrates and General Commissioners of Income Tax.
NOTE TO NEWSDESK:
For more information, please contact Dr Howard on 0116 252 2967 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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