**Issued on behalf of the Lord-Lieutenant’s office**.
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth, is delighted to announce his appointment of Steve Finnigan CBE QPM as a Deputy Lieutenant of the County.
Lord Shuttleworth said: “Mr Finnigan retires as Chief Constable after a long and successful time in that office on 29 June, and it is entirely fitting that he is able and willing to continue to serve the County of Lancashire as a Deputy Lieutenant. His skills and experience will be invaluable.
“I am so pleased that he has agreed to join the Lieutenancy, and will be available to support me and help with the many organisations and people with which the Lieutenancy works.”
The Office of Lord-Lieutenant is military in origin and dates from the reign of Henry VIII when the holder was responsible for the maintenance of order and for military purposes relating to local defence.
Lord-Lieutenants are Her Majesty’s personal representative in a county or area. Their prime duty is to uphold the dignity of the Crown, through the following functions:
• Arranging visits by Members of The Royal family and escorting Royal visitors;
• Presentation of medals and awards on behalf of Her Majesty (such as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise);
• Participation in civic, voluntary and social activities with the Lieutenancy;
• Liaison with local units of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force and their associated cadet forces;
• Leading the local magistracy by chairing the Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace.
The function of a Deputy Lieutenant is to assist the Lord-Lieutenant in carrying out his public duties.
Further information on the role of Deputy Lieutenants may also be obtained from the Lancashire Lieutenancy Office at County Hall – telephone 01772 533364.