Dame Janet Trotter appoints four deputies to help with county role
THE Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire's role has changed somewhat since the post's creation in 1559 when the main task was to train men to fight off foreign invaders.
Now it is more ceremonial and Dame Janet Trotter, who is currently in the post, has appointed four new deputies to help her carry out her duties.
The number of Deputy Lord Lieutenants is dependent on the county's population. The role is voluntary.
A spokesman for her office said: "The new deputies have all made significant contributions to national life or to their communities."
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Among the appointments is Dr Sally Byng OBE, from Minchinhampton. She is chief executive of the Barnwood House Trust.
She formerly worked as a speech and language therapist in a rehabilitation unit for people with head injuries.
The other appointments include Margaret Austen, from Cheltenham, who is involved in the Friends of Gloucester Cathedral. Ruth FitzJohn, also from Cheltenham, was appointed too and is currently chairwoman of the 2gether NHS Trust.
Caroline Duckworth, from Nailsworth, is the final appointment. She is chief executive of the Quartet Community Foundation.
Dame Janet said: "Their role is important to Gloucestershire life."