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Queen adds to her West Midlands roster

Queen adds to her West Midlands roster

🕔10.Jul 2017

Beverly Lindsay OBE, OD has been appointed Her Majesty’s Vice Lord-Lieutenant for the West Midlands along with nine additional Deputy Lieutenants for the region.

Ms Lindsay was already a Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands. The new ‘DL’ appointments have been overseen by the Lord-Lieutenant, John Crabtree OBE.

The new appointments of Deputy Lieutenants include:

• Dr Nasir Awan MBE of Little Aston, Sutton Coldfield
• Gurpreet Bhatia of Smethwick
• Helen Higson OBE of Rugby, Warwickshire
• Sukhjinder Khera of Walsall
• Les Ratcliffe MBE TD of Nuneaton, Warwickshire
• Jonnie Turpie MBE of Moseley, Birmingham
• Nick Venning of Hagley, Stourbridge
• Tom Westley of Chaddesley Corbett, Worcestershire
• John Wood of Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Chamberlain Files understands that the Lieutenancy has undertaken strenuous efforts to make the roster of ‘DLs’ a more representative sample of the West Midlands’ population. Appointing a black woman as the number two representative for the Queen in the region may be seen as ‘not before time.’ Nevertheless it is a small but significant sign of progress.

Mr Crabtree, who recently stepped down as chair of Birmingham Hippodrome theatre trust but who still leads the improvement panel overseeing post-Kerslake changes at Birmingham city council, is known to want to modernise the Lieutenancy and make it a more effective ambassadorial force for the West Midlands.

Ms Lindsay is the founder and general manager of Diamond Travel, one of Birmingham’s leading independent travel agencies. In 2011, she was awarded The Order of the British Empire (OBE) for ‘services to business and to the community in Birmingham’. In 2008, she was awarded a national honour by the Jamaican government – The Order of Distinction (OD).

She was born in St. Thomas, Jamaica and came to Birmingham as a young teenager to complete her secondary education. She started her career in Nursing and Midwifery and, after leaving nursing, worked as a senior community worker in Handsworth, Birmingham and also in the financial services industry, before she established her own company in 1987.

Mr Crabtree said:

I offer my sincere congratulations to Beverly and both I and the Deputy Lieutenants of the West Midlands look forward to working with her as we represent the Lieutenancy’s population of more than 2.8 million people. It is a privilege for us to represent Her Majesty The Queen in the West Midlands.

Ms Lindsay said:

I am humbled and overwhelmed to be appointed as the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands. To be even considered for this role ranks as a milestone in my professional and community engagement life. It is an honour that I embrace on behalf of the community and my family.

The West Midlands now has 61 Deputy Lieutenants.

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