Two members of University community awarded Deputy County Lieutenancy

Posted by crm28 at Jun 29, 2017 03:40 PM |
The University boasts two more Deputy Lieutenants of Leicestershire.
Two members of University community awarded Deputy County Lieutenancy

Professor Sharma and Lady Gretton

Jennifer, Lady Gretton, Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, has appointed two new Deputy Lieutenants with University of Leicester connections. Lady Gretton is the Queen’s representative in Leicestershire and is responsible for presenting awards on behalf of Her Majesty and organising royal visits to the county.

Court member and Honorary Visiting Fellow in the University’s School of Media, Communication and Sociology, Professor Surinder Sharma, and Mehmooda Duke, former President of Leicestershire Law Society and a member of the University’s Council, were both awarded deputy lieutenancies in a ceremony earlier this month.

On the subject of his appointment, which awards recipients the right to use the post-nominal letters ‘DL’, Professor Sharma said: “I am pleased and honoured to have been made Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire in recognition of my public and community service in the City and County. Having arrived in Leicester at the age of 8 from Kenya, this has been my home since 1965 and has provided me with numerous opportunities to realise my potential. This role gives me the chance to continue to give back to local communities and organisations”.

170629 - Mehmooda Duke and Lady Gretton
Mehmooda Duke and Lady Gretton
Mehmooda Duke echoed Professor Sharma’s sentiments saying: “I am deeply honoured to have been appointed as one of the Deputy Lieutenants for Leicestershire. It is a huge privilege to have the opportunity to serve the county and the local community”.

Professor Sharma’s and Ms Duke’s fellow Deputy Lieutenants include the University’s Chair of Council and Pro-Chancellor, Dr Bridget Towle, and Leicester cardiology expert Professor Sir Nilesh Samani.

Lady Gretton herself was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters by the University in 2008 and the University’s former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Robert Burgess, also served as a Deputy Lieutenant.

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