New deputy lieutenant is appointed

John Lovett has been appointed as a new Deputy Lieutenant of Northumberland.

The role will see him support and assist the Duchess of Northumberland in her position as Lord-Lieutenant – the Queen’s official representative for the county.

Mr Lovett has enjoyed an extensive career in leading large organisations as a company director and financier.

He has previously held senior posts based in Northumberland, including CEO of The Alnwick Garden Trust for seven years, where at that time he led the revival of the gardens and delivered the Duchess of Northumberland’s vision to restore it to the major tourist attraction it is today.

One of his current directorships is Northumberland based Bedmax Limited, where he remains one of the founder shareholders.

“It is a real honour and privilege to be chosen for this position. I am delighted to be able to serve the county in this capacity and I look forward to assisting Her Grace in her official duties,” he said.

Deputy Lieutenants are chosen by the Lord-Lieutenant, but they receive their commission only if The Queen does not ‘disapprove of the appointment’.

They must live within the county, or within seven miles of the boundary.