Vice-Chancellor and Cardiologist sworn in as Deputy Lieutenants of Leicestershire

Posted by mjs76 at Sep 20, 2010 11:25 AM |
Civic honour for VC and Professor.
Vice-Chancellor and Cardiologist sworn in as Deputy Lieutenants of Leicestershire

image: Leics County Council

Two of the five new Deputy Lieutenants of Leicestershire who were sworn in last Friday are members of the University of Leicester (and another is an honorary graduate). Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Robert Burgess, was appointed to the role alongside Professor Nilesh Samani who is British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiology in our Department of Cardiovascular Sciences.

Also honoured with the title of Deputy Lieutenant were the current High Sheriff, Colonel Robert Martin; former Chief Constable David Wyrko; and Baroness Hazel Byford who received an honorary degree from the University in July.

The ceremony was conducted by (to use the full title) Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Jennifer, Lady Gretton JP, who is the Queen’s official representative in the city and county of Leicester. The post of Lord-Lieutenant was originally a military one, dating to Tudor times. Although Lady Gretton is no longer required to raise a local militia, she does retain a position as President of the local cadet forces.

Once appointed, a Lord-Lieutenant serves until the age of 75. He or she can appoint a number of Deputy Lieutenants to assist in carrying out civic duties and this honour is bestowed on local individuals of notable achievement who have demonstrated a significant degree of service to the city and county.