Royal role for Riaz!

Posted by pt91 at Oct 23, 2015 12:18 PM |
University of Leicester graduate confirmed as a Deputy Lieutenant for Leicestershire

Issued by the Leicestershire Lieutenancy Office in October 2015

On Friday 16th October 2015, a graduate of the University of Leicester was confirmed as one of eight new Deputy Lieutenants for the county of Leicestershire who were 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 County Hall in Glenfield.

Riaz Ravat BEM studied for his Masters’ (MA) degree at the University in Leicester from 1999-2000. Riaz is currently Deputy Director of St Philip’s Centre where he leads on a wide range of interfaith initiatives through training, education and engagement. He is a member of Leicester Cathedral’s Council, the Crown Prosecution Service’s Hate Crime Panel and serves as Advisor for a number of other notable bodies. In 2013, Riaz was conferred a British Empire Medal (BEM) in HM the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for services to interfaith understanding.

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 very deserving candidates."

ENDS

For more information

Tim Webster, Lieutenancy Office

tim.webster@leics.gov.uk

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