Tells you who the Lord-Lieutenant is, what the role is, how they are appointed, how to invite the Lord-Lieutenant to your event, who is the vice, how can they help you and what is the High Sheriff's role.

Who is the Lord-Lieutenant?

HM Lord-Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire is currently the Hon. Dame Susan Cunliffe-Lister, DCVO.

The Lord-Lieutenant is a keen gardener and resides at Burton Agnes Hall. She was High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire in 2001/02, was appointed one of the area's first lady Deputy Lieutenants in 1996 and became Lord-Lieutenant in December 2005 upon the retirement of Mr. Richard Marriott of Boynton Hall.

In the New Year's Honours List 2019, Her Majesty The Queen appointed the Lord-Lieutenant to the Royal Victorian Order as a Dame Commander.

Picture of the Lord-Lieutenant (115kb opens in new window)

What is the Lord-Lieutenant’s role?

The fundamental principle concerning the office of Lord-Lieutenant is that they are the Queen’s representative in the county and consequently it is their first and foremost duty to uphold the dignity of the Crown. As the Queen’s representative in the county, the Lord-Lieutenant remains non-political, does not hold office in any political party and is unpaid. Their main duties are:

  • to organise royal visits to the county and to meet and attend Her Majesty and the Members of the royal family, and visiting Heads of State on visits to the county
  • to advise on honour nominations
  • submit a limited number of names to Buckingham Palace for attendance at one of Her Majesty’s royal garden parties
  • to present awards to organisations/companies such as the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
  • to present awards to individuals such as CBEs, OBEs, MBEs (when the recipient cannot for some reason go to Buckingham Palace), bravery awards and the Elizabeth Cross
  • to act as Custos Rotulorum – Keeper of the Rolls for Commissions of Peace. They are the Chief Magistrates in the county and acts as Chairman to the Lord Chancellors Advisory Committee on the Appointment of Justices of the Peace
  • appoints up to three young people from the Royal Navy, Army, and Air Cadet Associations to act as Lord-Lieutenant’s cadets for one year accompanying the Lord-Lieutenant on some of their duties
  • to represent Her Majesty at events throughout the East Riding of Yorkshire and the City of Kingston upon Hull; and
  • to carry out duties connected with the Armed Forces and the Volunteer Reserve Forces including the presentation of Lord-Lieutenant Certificates for Meritorious Service.

In addition, the Lord-Lieutenant is involved with numerous voluntary organisations.

The Lord-Lieutenant, for ceremonial purposes, covers both the East Riding of Yorkshire and the City of Kingston upon Hull and is supported in the role by a Vice Lord-Lieutenant and a number of Deputy Lieutenants.

The legislation website offers information on the Lieutenancies Act 1997:

Lieutenancies Act 1997 (external website)

How do I contact/invite the Lord-Lieutenant to my event?

If you wish to invite the Lord-Lieutenant to attend your event please completing the Lord-Lieutenant Attendance Request Form (opens in new window)

Alternatively you can contact the Lord-Lieutenant by the following means:

In writing:

Lieutenancy Office East Riding of Yorkshire Council County Hall Cross Street Beverley HU17 9BA

By email: sarah.asquith@eastriding.gcsx.gov.uk

Telephone: (01482) 393260

Please do not contact the Lord-Lieutenant direct or send correspondence to their home. All communications must be done through the Lieutenancy Office.

If the Lord-Lieutenant is unable to attend your event, then every effort will be made to find a Deputy Lieutenant to represent them.

How is the Lord-Lieutenant appointed?

In England and Wales, Her Majesty The Queen, upon the recommendation of the Prime Minister, appoints a Lord-Lieutenant for each county as Her Majesty’s personal representative within their area. The Lord-Lieutenant holds office until they attain the age of 75 years.

Who is the Vice Lord-Lieutenant and what are Deputy Lieutenants?

Vice Lord-Lieutenant

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant carries out the normal duties of the Lord-Lieutenant should they be away, ill or unable to attend an event. The Vice Lord-Lieutenant stands down from their position when a new Lord-Lieutenant is appointed. However, they can be considered for appointment as the new Lord-Lieutenant.

The current Vice Lord-Lieutenant for the East Riding of Yorkshire is Mr. Stephen Larard, MBE, DL, who is a retired Chartered Surveyor having worked in the family business F.A. Larard and Sons Chartered Surveyors, Estate Agents and Auctioneers and resides in West Ella. He was appointed a Magistrate in 1981, is an Ambassador for both the Hull Sea Cadets and Prison Me No Way Trust, President of the Hull Literary and Philosophical Society and Member of the University of Hull Court.  He is or has been associated with various charities such as Mission to Seamen, CASE Charity, Sailors’ Children’s Society and many more acting as auctioneer at charity events.  Stephen’s biggest passion is golf, holding various positions at a number of golf clubs across Yorkshire.

In 2014, Stephen was appointed Honorary Colonel 150 Transport Regiment The Royal Logistics Corp Army Reserve.

Stephen was appointed High Sheriff of the East Riding for 2013/14, Deputy Lieutenant in 2015 and Vice Lord-Lieutenant in 2017.  He was awarded an MBE for Services to the Magistracy and Charity in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Deputy Lieutenants

Deputy Lieutenants are appointed upon the recommendation of the Lord-Lieutenant and, in doing so, recognises their contribution to local, county or national life. There are approximately 29 Deputy Lieutenants, the number appointed is determined upon the number of residents within the Lieutenancy area such as the first 150,000 residents there may be 20 Deputies; from 150,000 to 200,000 an additional one to every 10,000; from 200,000 to 1,000,000 an additional one for every 25,000. Deputy Lieutenants are expected to support the Lord-Lieutenant within the county and in particular carry out duties as directed, such as:

  • recommending candidates for invitations to royal garden parties;
  • suggesting suitable enterprises, both voluntary and professional, which might be the subject of royal visits;
  • commenting on honour nominations;
  • assess nominations for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service; and
  • represent the Lord-Lieutenant at various functions such as citizenship ceremonies, dinners, church services, presentations, lunches, receptions, remembrance services, etc.

Once appointed, a Deputy Lieutenant can use the initials DL after their name and will remain in office until their 75th birthday, although they can retire earlier through ill health. Retired Deputy Lieutenants continue to contribute to the work of the county and offer their support in many varied ways.

The following document provides a list of Deputy Lieutenants for the East Riding of Yorkshire:

Deputy lieutenants list (pdf 40kb opens in new window)

How can the Lieutenancy help me?

The Lieutenancy can help you or your organisation or be of service to the community in various ways, such as:

  • accepting suggestions (by early January annually) for the attendance at royal garden parties of individuals deserving recognition
  • arrange for the Lord-Lieutenant or a Deputy Lieutenant to visit your organisation as a means to acknowledge the work being carried out
  • advise on how the organisation might be included in a programme for a visiting member of the royal family
  • advising on procedures and nominations for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
  • giving advice on how any member of the public can nominate a friend or colleague for a national honour, offering advice on the completion of the forms and supporting the honours nomination when referred back to the Lord-Lieutenant for comment
  • celebrating and encouraging volunteering, community service and the work of youth organisations
  • helping to promote your organisation, where appropriate, in media releases or speeches to assist with the profile, recognition, and fundraising
  • where deemed appropriate, and most likely in connection with a Lieutenancy visit, generate media coverage of an organisation’s work.

What is the High Sheriff’s role?

The Office of High Sheriff is an independent non-political Royal appointment for a single year and is the oldest secular office in the United Kingdom after the Crown with its origins dating back to Saxon times when the 'Shire Reeve' was responsible to the King for the maintenance of law and order within the shire or county and for the collection and return of taxes due to the Crown. Today, there are 55 High Sheriffs serving the counties of England and Wales.

Nominations to the Office of High Sheriff are dealt with through the Presiding Judge of the Circuit and the Privy Council for consideration by The Queen who traditionally 'pricks' the appointee's name with a bodkin following which a Warrant of Appointment is issued.

The principal formal duties of the High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire which, for ceremonial purposes, covers the City of Kingston upon Hull, include attendance at Royal visits to the County and support for Her Majesty's High Court Judges.

These days, however, High Sheriffs play an increasingly active and supportive role within their Counties both in relation to the Police and emergency services and in lending encouragement to public sector agencies such as the probation and prison services and to voluntary sector organisations involved in crime reduction and social cohesion.

High Sheriffs receive no remuneration and no part of the expense of a High Sheriff's year falls on the public purse.

The High Sheriff's website offers further information:

High Sheriff's Association of England and Wales (external website)