Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire
Mushtaq Ahmad OBE
"To be appointed as the personal representative of Her Majesty the Queen for the County of Lanarkshire is indeed an exceptional honour for which I am most grateful.
"My appointment as Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire will afford me a unique opportunity to serve the 567,000 plus people in a wide variety of contexts. My Deputies and I shall support and compliment the endeavours of hundreds of voluntary benevolent organisations in Lanarkshire that proactively seek to enrich the lives of people in my Lieutenancy.
"With the active help and co-operation of the statutory, commercial and voluntary sectors, I hope to emulate the successful practices and the high standards set by my 20 eminent predecessors in the past 276 years that included Dukes, Earls, Barons, Knights and distinguished stalwarts of the Community."
Mushtaq Ahmad, OBE
Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire
11 November 2010
Lord Lieutenants were first appointed by King Henry VIII to assume the military duties of the Sheriff. Today, the Queen appoints Lord Lieutenants, on the advice of the Prime Minister, to be her representative in their counties. Their duties are varied. They:
- organise and escort all official royal visits to their counties;
- present decorations when the recipient is unable to attend an Investiture;
- present the Queen's Awards for Export and Technology;
- present the Queen's Scout and Guide awards;
- brief the Queen's private office about issues relating to their counties;
- assist in Royal Garden Parties; and
- assess nominations both personal and for The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.
In Lanarkshire, the Lord Lieutenant also officiates at our Diamond Weddings, 100th Birthday Celebrations and Citizenship Ceremonies.
Our Lord Lieutenant is Mushtaq Ahmad OBE. Born in India, Mushtaq studied at Murray College and JI College, Sialkot where he gained his BA in Economics from the University of Punjab in Pakistan. He came to the UK in 1963 and studied at the University of Glasgow for his MA, followed by teacher training at Jordanhill College of Education. Mushtaq's career reflects his commitment to education, equality, justice and to the people of Lanarkshire.
He taught Economics and Modern Studies for two years in Scotland, spent three years in London heading an East London school's department before returning to Lanarkshire to work for 17 years as Specialist Organiser of the largest Adult Basic Education Programme in Scotland.
Mushtaq served the community in Lanarkshire as a councillor, for 19 years, in the Dalserf Ward with Hamilton District and South Lanarkshire Councils. He held a number of key posts in both councils and was Chairman of the Justice Committee for thirteen years. Mushtaq also served the Central Advisory Committee on the Criminal Justice System in Scotland for Justices of the Peace.
He was elected Provost of South Lanarkshire in May 2003 and, as Scotland's first Asian provost, held this post until his retirement in 2007.
Throughout his life, Mr. Ahmad has served various communities with diligence, dedication and a strong commitment to social justice. Some of his non political, voluntary and community work includes:
- Chairman of the Hamilton District Citizen's Advice Bureau;
- Founding President of the Scottish Provosts' Association;
- Founding chair of the Asian Parents Association UK;
- Founding Chairman of the Lanarkshire Amnesty International Group;
- Chair of the Scottish Anti-Racist Movement;
- National Membership Secretary of NAME (National Association of Multiracial Education);
- Founding General Secretary of the Asian Educational and Cultural Council of Scotland ;and
- Shop Steward of N.U.T (National Union of Teachers) and Shop Steward of N.A.L.G.O (National Association of Local Government Officers)