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University of Leicester Academic is New Lord Lieutenant for Rutland

July 2003

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 community.’’

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 Peace.

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.


For more information, please contact Dr Howard on 0116 252 2967 or email

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