Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire

Lady Haughey CBE

Lady Haughey Lady Haughey took up the position of Lord Lieutenant on 13 November 2017 following the retirement of Mushtaq Ahmad OBE. Lady Hughey had previously served as a deputy lieutenant for five years. There are 96 Lord Lieutenants across the UK serving local communities.

The role of the Lord Lieutenant is primarily to serve the local community as Her Majesty's representative.

Lady Haughey gives her time voluntarily to the role and will help promote and encourage voluntary and charitable organisations, local businesses, arrange visits from the Royal Family, attend civic and social activities, support the work with the Armed Forces, take part in the honours' system and appoint appropriate Vice and Deputy Lieutenants.   

Her duties will include attending citizenship ceremonies, special birthdays, Remembrance commemorations and many other community organised events and activities.

Lady Haughey was educated at Holyrood Secondary School. In 1985 she set up City Refrigeration Ltd with her husband, of which she has been an owner and director for 32 years. The company is now a global business with a very large turnover and employing 14,000 people across the UK, France, Australia, Asia and North America.

In 2002, they set up the City Charitable Trust, funding it from profits and allowing them to donate to deserving causes including Kilbryde Hospice in Lanarkshire where she has been a Director for 6 years, a role she was inspired to take up to help create a lasting legacy for her friend Donna Mortimer Ballantyne who tragically died from skin cancer in 2011.

She has committed herself to bringing communities together to co-exist socially and culturally. She was awarded the Loving Cup in October 2015 by the Lord Provost of Glasgow and in 2016 was winner of the Woman of Influence Award. In June 2016 Lady Susan Haughey received a CBE.

Lady Haughey said:"I feel incredibly grateful and proud to be the first lady Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire.

"I am determined to bring my own style to the Lieutenancy and continue the good work of my predecessors in this role. I want to get really involved in helping local voluntary groups, charity organisations, schools and businesses. Lanarkshire is a fantastic place to live and work and through the Lieutenancy, I want to do all I can to help promote our area.

"This is an exciting challenge for me, quite different from my business background, but I hope to bring some of my experience and expertise to this role to benefit the people and communities of Lanarkshire, with the help of my Vice and Deputy Lieutenants.

"I want the people of Lanarkshire to know that the Lieutenancy is here to help and serve them, and I will do all that I can to promote our communities, charities, businesses and the beautiful area we live in." 

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 include:

  • 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.

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