The post of Lord-Lieutenant is largely a ceremonial one. As the Queen's representative in the county, the Lord-Lieutenant must remain non-political and may not hold office in any political party. The role is unpaid and Lord-Lieutenants retire at the age of 75.
Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenants are representatives of the Queen for each county in the United Kingdom. Men and women of all backgrounds, they are appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister and their principal duty is to uphold the dignity of the Crown. Lord-Lieutenants are also responsible for ensuring that the Queen's Private Office is kept informed about local issues relating to their area, particularly when a Royal visit is being planned.
The responsibilities of the Lord-Lieutenant include:
representing the Queen at functions and ceremonies within the county;
organisation of official Royal visits to Sutherland and escorting members of the Royal Family during their visit;
the presentation of medals and awards on behalf of the Queen where the recipient is unable to attend an investiture;
advising on Honours nominations;
submitting names of local guests to the Lord Chamberlain for Garden Parties;
participating in civic, voluntary and social activities within the Lieutenancy;
liaising with local units of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force and their associated cadet forces.
Dr Monica Main CVO FRCGP, Brora
Dr Main was appointed Lord Lieutenant in 2005. Dr Main read medicine at Aberdeen University before practicing as a General Practitioner, she retired from practice in 2011.
Vice Lord Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants
The Lord Lieutenant is supported by a Vice Lord Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants whom she appoints.
Deputy Lieutenants serve a minimum of 10 years or until their 75th birthday whichever comes later. Their appointment does not terminate with the changing of the Lord Lieutenant.
One of the serving Deputy Lieutenants is appointed as Vice Lord Lieutenant and under most circumstances will stand in for the Lord Lieutenant when the latter cannot be present. The appointment as Vice Lord Lieutenant ends when the Lord Lieutenant who made the appointment leaves their post.
Vice Lord Lieutenant
Maj Gen Patrick Marriot CB CBE DL, Golspie
Patrick was appointed Deputy Lieutenant in 2013 and Vice Lord Lieutenant in 2021. Major General Marriott retired from the army in 2012; his last appointment being Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Patrick is now a leadership mentor, trainer and speaker and is also a trustee for a number of charities. He has had his family home in Sutherland for over 20 years.
David Grant MBE DL, Lochinver
David was appointed Deputy Lieutenant in 1999. David was brought up in Achfary from birth to age 11, then educated at Golspie High School. He graduated from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee where he also spent his post graduate year before spending three years at the Royal College of Art, London, specialist subject Ceramics. David founded Highland Stoneware Ltd in 1974, successfully making Creative Pottery in Lochinver and Ullapool and employing 25-30 people for each of its 46 years.
Frances Gunn DL, Tongue
Frances was appointed Deputy Lieutenant in 2017. Frances has worked supporting the voluntary sector in Sutherland for many years and serves on several boards as a volunteer in the area. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, reading, walking with her dog and spending time with her grandchildren.
Christine Mackay DL, Ardgay
Christine was appointed Deputy Lieutenant in 2020. Christine was educated at Gledfield Primary School and Tain Royal Academy. She retired from full-time administration employment in 2017 to continue working her family croft. Christine's 3 children are married, she has five grand-children and she enjoys several hobbies.
Graeme Smart DL, Kinlochbervie
Graeme was appointed Deputy Lieutenant in 2020. Graeme graduated from Glasgow University in 1989 and did a post graduate teaching qualification at Jordanhill College. He taught mathematics in the east end of Glasgow, before moving to Tain Royal Academy and then to Bell Baxter High School in Fife. In 2010 Graeme and his wife Angela moved to Kinlochbervie High School. Graeme became Depute in 2016 and was appointed as Head in 2017. Following the creation of North West Sutherland Schools he is now head of all four Schools in the north west. He lives in Stoer with Angela, their dogs, ducks and chickens.
Sheila Stewart DL, Lairg
Sheila was appointed Deputy Lieutenant in 2015. She has lived in Lairg all her life. Sheiila started working with the Bank of Scotland in 1979, a career that she really enjoyed, retiring as a Bank Manager in July 2018. Throughout her career she was involved in many local organisations, often as treasurer or called upon to audit books. Having spent nearly 40 years working inside she now enjoys time in her garden.
Kim Tulloch DL, Dornoch
Kim was appointed Deputy Lieutenant in 2006. Kim studied dentistry at the University of Glasgow and graduated in 1979. She has practiced dentristy in Sutherland and the surrounding area for over 40 years and is married to Norman who is also a dentist. They have two children Mark and Eloise.
Catriona Whitfield DL, Helmsdale
Catriona was appointed Deputy Lieutenant in 2020. Catriona read law at Edinburgh University and subsequently qualified as a chartered accountant. She currently serves on a number of Tribunal panels and boards as well as running a small business together with her husband, John.
Clerk to the Lieutenancy
Each Lieutenancy has a Clerk whose duty is to undertake the administrative functions for the Lord-Lieutenant.
The current Clerk is Margaret Mackintosh.
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