The Queen has appointed Lady Redmond MBE DL as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the County of Cheshire in succession to Mr David Briggs CVO MBE.
Lady Redmond is a chartered accountant, enjoying several years in the profession before she moved on to build a successful career establishing one of the largest independent television drama production companies in the UK with her husband Phil. She has held many senior non-executive, governor and trustee positions including National Museums Liverpool, Riverside Housing Association, Liverpool John Moores University and Alder Hey Hospital NHS Children’s Charitable Trust. Lady Redmond has supported many charities and currently chairs a regional centre of the cancer charity Maggie’s, covering Cheshire, Merseyside and North Wales; sits on the Poverty Truth Advisory Board set up by Cheshire West and Chester Council; and is President of St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice.
Lady Redmond was born in South Wales and has lived in Cheshire for over 30 years with her husband and now adult children, achieving great satisfaction in the protection and development of her Registered Grade II garden at her home in Willington supporting local charities and the NGS. In 2003 she was made a Fellow of John Moores University, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was awarded her MBE in 2011 for services to the community.
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenants are the representatives of the Crown for each county in the United Kingdom. They are appointed by The Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister. Their foremost duty is to uphold the dignity of the Crown.
The office of Lord-Lieutenant is military in origin and dates from the reign of Henry VIII when its holder was made responsible for the maintenance of order, and for all military measures necessary locally for defence. It was not until 1921 that the Lord-Lieutenant finally lost the power to call on all able-bodied men of the county to fight in case of need.
The traditional links with the armed forces have been preserved in modern form in the association of the Lord-Lieutenant with the Volunteer Reserve Forces. There are links too with other uniformed organisations, such as the Police, Fire and Ambulance Services and many voluntary bodies such as St John Ambulance, the Cadet Forces, Scouting and Girl Guiding.