Information about the role of the Lord-Lieutenant for North Yorkshire.

Her Majesty the Queen, on the recommendation of the prime minister, appoints a lord-lieutenant for each county in England and Wales and for Greater London. In North Yorkshire, the role is held by Mr Barry Dodd CBE.

The fundamental principle concerning the office of lord-lieutenant is that he or she is Her Majesty's representative in his or her county, and consequently it is his or her first and foremost duty to uphold the dignity of the Crown.

As the representative in his or her county, the lord-lieutenant remains non-political, does not hold office in any political party and is unpaid.

Main duties of the lord-lieutenant

The main duties of the lord-lieutenant are:

  • To organise royal visits to the county (which average one per month) 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 and submit a limited number of names to Buckingham Palace for attendance at the three annual royal garden parties. Names are normally submitted to the lord-lieutenant via the deputy lieutenants;
  • To present awards to organisations such as the Queen's Awards for Enterprise;
  • To present awards to individuals such as an MBE (when the recipient cannot for some reason go to Buckingham Palace) and to present bravery awards;
  • To act as custos rotulorum - keeper of the commissions of justices of peace. He is the chief magistrate in the county and acts as the chairman of the lord chancellor's magistrates' advisory committee. He also has responsibility for overseeing the appointment of general commissioners of income tax;
  • To represent Her Majesty at numerous other events in North Yorkshire; and
  • To carry out duties connected with the armed forces and the volunteer reserve forces including the presentation of lord-lieutenant certificate for meritorious service. He also appoints up to three young people from the army, navy and air cadet associations to act as lord-lieutenant's cadets for one year. One of the cadets accompanies the lord-lieutenant on some of his duties.

In addition, the lord-lieutenant is involved with numerous voluntary organisations such as the Scouts, Red Cross and St John Ambulance.

Further information

The lord-lieutenant is supported by a number of deputy lieutenants. Below is a list of currently active deputy lieutenants. 

Vice lord-lieutenant of North Yorkshire

  • SCROPE DL, Peter

Deputy lieutenants' of North Yorkshire

  • ASHTON DL, Mr David
  • BENSON DL, Revd Rachel
  • BEST OBE DL, The Lord
  • BLUNDELL DL, Mr Chris
  • BOSTOCK DL, Air Comm Simon
  • BOWRING DL, Mr Giles
  • BUTTERY DL, Mr Darrell
  • CHADHA JP DL, Mrs Gurdeep K
  • CHARLTON-WEEDY CBE DL, Major General Michael
  • COMPTON Esq DL, Richard C
  • COOKE Kt DL, Professor Sir Ron
  • COWLING DL, Mr Bill
  • CURRAN DL, Mrs Linda S
  • DAWSON OBE DL, Mr Michael
  • DODD CBE DL, Barry
  • DOWNE JP DL, The Viscountess
  • DUGDALE DL, The Hon David
  • FORBES ADAM DL, Mrs Rosalind
  • FORGAN DL, Dr Sophie
  • GARDNER JP DL, Mrs Caroline
  • HARRIS JP DL, The Baroness
  • HENDERSON CBE DL, Professor Graham
  • HOLFORD DL, Mrs Alexandra
  • HORSFIELD JP DL, Mrs Francesca 
  • HUNT DL, The Reverend Brian A
  • INGHAM DL, Mr Philip
  • JOWITT DL, Mrs Juliet
  • KERFOOT MBE DL, Mr David A
  • MACKANESS DL, Mr Simon
  • MADDAN DL, Brig David
  • MIDDLETON DL The Lady Lucy
  • NAREY DL, Sir Martin
  • PEEL GCVO, DL, The Earl
  • PINDAR OBE DL, Mr Andrew
  • RAMSDEN DL, Mr Tom (also the High Sheriff of North Yorkshire)
  • ROPNER DL, Mrs Johanna
  • SCROPE DL, Mr Peter
  • SHEPHARD DL, Dr Richard James
  • SHEPHERD DUniv CEng CBE DL, Paul
  • SENTAMU DL, Margaret
  • SUTERMEISTER RN DL, Commodore Paul
  • THOMAS MBE JP DL, Mrs Judith
  • VAUGHAN DL, Mr Peter 
  • WARDLE OBE DL, Brig John
  • WHARTON CP DL, Mr Anthony
  • WILD DL, Mr Jonathan
  • WILLCOCKS CBE DL, Professor Dianne  
  • WILMOT DL, Sir Harry
  • WOOD DL, Brigadier Nigel
  • WORSLEY DL, Sir William R
  • WRIGLEY, DL, Mrs Venetia

There are degrees of etiquette and protocol that should be followed for visits by the lord-lieutenant or his representative.

Guidance notes for visits by the lord-lieutenant or his representative

This information is provided to assist those who are planning an event to which the lord-lieutenant has been (or is to be) invited.

The lord-lieutenant in North Yorkshire is Her Majesty the Queen's representative and therefore he should be received at any event with the same degree of etiquette and protocol as any member of the Royal Family. If, for any reason, the lord-lieutenant is unable to attend an event to which he has been invited, and he is represented by his vice lord-lieutenant, or a deputy lieutenant, the same etiquette and protocol should be followed. The lord-lieutenant or his deputy should be met on arrival by the host.

Approach to her majesty's lord-lieutenant of North Yorkshire

The lord-lieutenant may be contacted through the lieutenancy office:

Mr Barry Dodd CBE
Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire
Thormanby Hall
YO61 4NN

Contact: Amanda Fry on:
Tel: 01609 532705


The correct form of address for the lord-lieutenant is as follows:

Written: Mr Barry Dodd CBE, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire
Salutation: Dear Lord-Lieutenant
In a speech: In the preamble the lord-lieutenant should be referred to as "My Lord-Lieutenant"
Conversation: Barry Dodd should be initially addressed as "Lord-Lieutenant" and thereafter as "Sir".

Should the lord-lieutenant be represented by his vice lord-lieutenant, Colonel E C York TD DL, or a deputy lieutenant, the above etiquette should be adapted accordingly i.e. 'Dear Vice Lord-Lieutenant', 'Dear Deputy Lieutenant'.

Church services

For church services other than funerals, the lord-lieutenant or his representative enters last and leaves first, accompanied throughout by a senior figure. The usual arrangement is for the lord-lieutenant to be seated at the front of the nave on the south side. At funerals, the lord-lieutenant or his representative always enters the church last, (two minutes before the start of the service and before the coffin) and always leaves straight after the family. If the family is on the south side, the lord-lieutenant sits on the north side at the front and on the aisle edge.

Seating in general

At other functions, the lord-lieutenant or his representative should be seated in the same place as one would seat a member of the royal family: simply as the principal guest.

Other issues relating to protocol and precedence can be clarified in consultation with the lord-lieutenant using the details above.

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