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Appointment of a new Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire

His Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, Mrs Amanda Parker JP, is delighted to announce her first appointment of Ms Miranda Carruthers-Watt as a Deputy Lieutenant of the County.

Ms Carruthers-Watt, of Burnley, has over 30 years’ experience in providing strategic leadership across the public sector and is currently an Independent Member of the Lancashire Police and Crime Panel and a Lay Member of the Fitness to Practice Panel for the General Dental Council.  She also has experience of supporting and influencing national policy on Local Government, Policing and Public Health and was admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales in February 1987.

She has been married to Philip Vercoe for 35 years and has two grown up sons.

Miranda Carruthers-Watt Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire

Ms Miranda Carruthers-Watt, Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire 

Mrs Parker said:  

"I am so pleased that Ms Carruthers-Watt has agreed to become one of Lancashire's Deputy Lieutenants and will be available to support me and assist with the many organisations and people with which the Lieutenancy works."

Ms Carruthers-Watt will join the existing team of Deputies who help and support the Lord-Lieutenant in her duties as His Majesty The King’s representative in the county of Lancashire.

Notes to editors

Further information on the new appointee may be obtained by:

Ms Carruthers-Watt – Mobile: 07780 684262

Background Information:

The Office of Lord-Lieutenant is military in origin and dates from the reign of Henry VIII when the holder was responsible for the maintenance of order and for military purposes relating to local defence.

Lord-Lieutenants are His Majesty’s personal representative in a county or area.  Their prime duty is to uphold the dignity of the Crown, through the following functions:

  • Arranging visits by Members of The Royal family and escorting Royal visitors;
  • Presentation of medals and awards on behalf of His Majesty (such as The King’s Awards for Enterprise);
  • Participation in civic, voluntary and social activities with the Lieutenancy;
  • Liaison with local units of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force and their associated cadet forces;
  • Leading the local magistracy by chairing the Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace.

The function of a Deputy Lieutenant is to assist the Lord-Lieutenant in carrying out her public duties.

Further information on the role of Deputy Lieutenants may also be obtained from the Lancashire Lieutenancy Office at County Hall – telephone: (01772) 533364.