The Lieutenancy is composed of men and women who have given significant public service in one form or another. The principal person is the Lord-Lieutenant who is appointed by HM The Queen and is her representative in the county. His primary role is to uphold the dignity of the Crown but also arranges visits of the members of the Royal Family, presents medals and awards on behalf of the Sovereign, participates in civc and voluntary activities, liaises with the Armed Forces and their association of cadets and is the Keeper of the Rolls.
The Lord-Lieutenant is supported by a Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants that he appoints.
- The Vice Lord-Lieutenant assumes responsibility should the Lord-Lieutenant be ill or abroad or otherwise incapacitated.
- The Lord-Lieutenant may appoint up to 92 Deputies; the figure is calculated on the basis of population. Deputies undertake various tasks, specifically attending all Citizenship Ceremonies throughout the county but also making cheque presentations, giving talks and a plethora of other duties as determined by the Lord-Lieutenant.