Worldwide Guide to Women
United Kingdom Local Leaders
The United Kingdom system consists of Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant s, the Monarch's Representatives in the Counties, High Sheriffs - representatives on a lower level. The Chairpersonship of the District and County Councils changes every year, and is not reported on this page
Also see United Kingdoms Ministers, Northern Ireland, Scotland Ministers and Wales Ministers
1908 Mayor Elizabeth Garrett
Also her country's frst female medical doctor in 1873, she lived (1836-1917)
1929-39 Deputy Chairperson of
the London City Council Eveline Lowe
1956-57 Chairperson of London
County Council Helen Bentwic
She was Alderman 1949-55 and Vice-Chairperson of the Council 1950-59. She lived (1892-1972)
1960-63 Lord-Lieutenant and Lord
Provost of Glasgow Dame Jean Roberts
Member of the City Council from 1929-65 and became City Treasurer and Leader of the Labour Group and was Chair of Cumbernauld Development Corporation 1965-72. She lived (1895-1988)
1962-63 Chairperson of London County Council Olive Gertrude Deer
1971-2009 Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire June Gordon, The
Countess of Haddo
A pianist and conductor, she was married to David Gordon, 4th Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair, who was Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire from 1973 until his death one year later
1973- Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Kent The Countess Mountbatten of Burma
Patricia Knatchbull is daughter of Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1900-79) and Edwina Ashley, married to John Knatchbull, 7th Baron Brabourne (1924–2005), mother of 7 children. (b. 1924-).
Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire The Baroness
Former Labour MP and Minister of State.
1975-76 Chairperson of Greater London Council Dame Evelyn Denington
In 1978 she was created Baroness Dennington of Stevenage. She lived (1907-98)
1975-95 Her Majesty's Lord
Lieutenant The Duchess of Norfolk, West Sussex
Lavinia Mary Fitzalan-Howard was also a steward at Goodwood, married to the Duke of Norfolk, and lived (1916-95)
1977-85 Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Greater London The Baroness Philips
Deputy Lieutenant for Stirlingshire Betty
Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means of the House of Commons 1970-73 and from 1979 member of the House of Lords as Baroness Skrimshire
1979-87 Her Majesty's
Co. Fermanagh The Duchess of WestMinister
She lived (1912-87).
1983-84 Lord Mayor of London and
Head of the Commission of Lieutenancy Dame Mary Donaldson
The City of London is unique in that the post of Lord-Lieutenant is held in commission. She was the first female member of London's Court of Common Council from 1966, the first female City Alderman from 1975, and first woman City Sheriff from 1981. She was married to John Francis Donaldson, Baron Donaldson of Lymington, senior judge and Master of the Rolls (1982-92), and lived (1921-2003).
1984-89 Deputy lieutenant for East Lothian The Duchess
Elizabeth was daughter of Alan Percy, 8th Duke of Northumberland and Helen Gordon-Lennox, the daughter of the Duke of Gordon and married to Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 14th Duke of Hamilton and 11th Duke of Brandon (1903–73), mother of 5 sons and lived (1916-2008).
1985-90 Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for South Glamorgan Susan Williams
1984- Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire Marion Patricia Campbell
1988-1992 Lord-Lieutenant and Lord
Provost of Glasgow Susan Baird
Labour Councillor. She lived (1940-2009)
1988-92 Lord-Lieutenant and Lord
Provost of Edinburgh Eleanor T. McLaughlin
Third Labour Lord Provost, first woman and first Catholic to hold the office since the reformation. (b. 1938-)
1988- Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire Patricia Mary Godsman
1994-2014 Her Majesty's
Hampshire F. Mary Fagan, JP
1994-2011 Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Cornwall Lady Mary Holborow
1995-2008 Her Majesty's
Lincolnshire Bridget K. Cracroft-Eley
1996-99 Lord Lieutenant
and Lord Provost of Aberdeen
In Scotland the Lord Mayor is named Lord Provost.
1996- Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire Nicola Barbara Bradford
1996- Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire Bridget Rosemary Zilla Tuck
1997-2001 Regional Director of the Government Office for the Region of the North West Marianne Neville-Rolfe
1998-15 Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Surrey Dame Sara Goad
1998- Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Powys The Hon. Dame Shán Legge-Bourke
1998-2007 Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Roxburgh, Eltrich and Lauderdale Dr. June Paterson-Brown
1998-2014 Her Majesty's
Northamptonshire Lady Juliet Townsend
1998-2015 Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Somerset Lady Elizabeth Gass
Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost of Aberdeen Margaret
In Scotland the Lord Mayor is named Lord Provost.
1999-2003 Lord-Lieutenant and
Lord Provost of Dundee Helen Wright
In Scotland the Lord Mayor is named Lord Provost.
1999-2015 Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Fife Margaret Dean
1999- Deputy Lieutenant of
Aberdeen Audrey Anne Dawson
1999-2007 Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeen Alison Skene
2007- Vice Lord Lieutenant
2000-09 Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the County Borough of Belfast Lady Romaine Carswell
2000-08 Her Majesty's
for East Sussex Phyllida Stewart-Roberts
2004-08 Deputy Mayor of London Nicky Gavron
She was the Labour Candidate for the Post of Mayor for the elections in 2004. From 2008 the Mayor and all Deputy Mayors are men and there is only one female Department Director.
2001-02 and 2003-04 and 2005-06 and 2007-08 Chairperson
of the London Assembly The Baroness Hamwee
Sally Hamwee was Councillor in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames 1978-98 and Liberal Democrat candidate for the post of Lord Mayor in 2000. Chair of various committies. She will be in office until May 2006 and is expected to chair the Assembly again from May 2007 until the following year. She is also active in the House of Lords where she became a member in 1991. (b. 1947-).
2001- Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the Area of Angus Georgiana Osborne
2001-11 Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the Area of Clackmannanshire Sheena Cruickshank
2001- Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire Clare Judith Thorogood
2002- Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for West Lothian Isobel Gunning Brydie
2002- Her Majesty's
Lord-Lieutenant for Banffshire Clare Macpherson-Grant Russell
She is the Laird of Ballindalloch Castle, which her family have owned since the early 18th century, and she is the auther of cook books.
2003- Her Majesty's
Lord-Lieutenant for Leicestershire Lady Gretton
Deputy Lieutenant from 2001.
2003-07 Lord-Lieutenant and Lord Provost of Glasgow Liz Cameron
2003-07 Lord-Lieutenant and Lord
Provost of Edinburgh Lesley Hinds
Member of the Edinburgh District Council in 1984 and later leader of the district council. From 1996 member of the new City of Edinburgh unitary authority
2003- Deputy Lieutenant of
Aberdeenshire The Most Honourable Joanna Clodagh Gordon, Marchioness of Aberdeen
2003- Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeen Lavina Massie
2004- Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Caithness Margaret Annie Geddes Dunnett
Deputy Lieutenant since 1999, she is also a Honorary Sheriff at Wick
2004- Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for West Yorkshire Dr. Ingrid Roscoe
2004- Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey The Rt Hon. The Lady
2004- Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey Handa Bray
2004- Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey Dame Penelope Kieth
Actress and involved in various charities (b. 1940-)
for Stirling and
Falkirk Marjory McLachlan
Deputy Lord-Lieutenant 2001-05 and involved in charities for decades. (b. 1942-).
2005- Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for East Riding of
Yorkshire Baroness Masham of Ilton
Susan Cunliffe-Lister is widow of the 2nd Count of Swinton, who was a conservative politician in the House of Lords. (b. 1935-)
2005- Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeen Jennifer A Shirreffs
2005- Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire The Honourable Katharine Ingrid Mary Isabel Nicolson
2006-14 Her Majesty's
Lord-Lieutenant for Dorset Valerie Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers
Worked for charities for many years and Deputy Lieutenant 1995-2006. (b. 1939-).
2006 Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant for the Area of Dumfries Jean Douglas Tulloch (Scotland)
Wigtown Marion Brewis (Scotland)
Former highranking civil servant
2006- Her Majesty's
Lord-Lieutenant for Merseyside Dame Lorna Elizabeth Fox Muirhead
Former Midwife and teacher, President of the Royal College of Midwives 1997-2004 and Deputy Lieutenant 2003-06. (b. 1943-).
2006- Deputy Lieutenant for Wiltshire The Very Rev Dr
Former Deaconess at St Martin in the Bull Ring in Birmingham, and has also served at St Aldate's Church, Oxford, and in the Old Ford parishes in London as well as Dean of Salisbury cathedral (1955-)
2007- Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Kincardineshire Carol Kinghorn
A physiotherapist she is invlved in various charitable works. (b. 1946-).
2007- Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Hertfordshire The Countess of Verulam
Dione is an artist and involved in the National Trust and other organisations. High Sheriff of Hertfordshire in 2002-03. Mother of 4 children. (b. 1955-).
2007- Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Hertfordshire Mary Prior
Deputy Lieutenant since 1996. Chairperson of a number of charities and public board. (b. 1942-)
Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant
for the Royal County of
Berkshire The Hon. Mary Bayliss
Daughter of a former Lord-Lieutenant for Shropshire, former Chairman of the Reading Bench, High Sheriff of Berkshire in 2005-06, Deputy Lieutenant in 2007 and member of a number of other committees. (b. 1940-).
Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for
the County of Antrim Joan Christie
Active in many public and voluntary bodies. She is a former civil servant and was Assistant Private Secretary to successive Secretaries of State for Northern Ireland until 1979, Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Antrim from 2005. (b. 1944-).
2008- Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Herefordshire the Countess of Darnley
Susan Elaine Anderson was a Magistrate from 1977-2005 and Chairperson of the Family Panel until she retired from the Bench, and Deputy Lieutenant for Worcestershire 2000-08. Married to Adam Ivo Stuart Bligh, 11th Earl of Darnley and mother of a son and a daughter. (b. 1945-).
2008- Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for West Sussex Susan Pyper
Chairperson of the Royal West Sussex NHS Trust 2005-09, Chairperson of the Regional Environment Protection Advisory Committee. (b. 1952-)
2008- Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeen Margurita Esson
2008- Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeen Audrey Walker
2008-09, 2011-13 and 2015-16 Chairperson of the London Assembly Jennette Arnold
2009-14 Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Belfast Dame Mary
A former athlete and Olymipc gold medal winner, a Trustee of The Outward Bound Trust since 2001 and Vice President of the Northern Ireland Outward Bound Association. Also Patron of Springhill Hospice in Rochdale, Lancashire. (b. 1939-).
2009- Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Northumberland the
Duchess of Northumberland
Jane Percy née Richard. She is the 13th member of the family to hold the post since the late 1400s, latest her father-in-law Hugh Percy, the 10th Duke who held the position from 1956-84. She is married to Ralph Percy, who succeeded his brother as 12th Duke in 1995, and mother of 4 children.
2010- Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire Dame
Chair of the Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust since 2002 and a Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire 2006-10.
2010-11 Chairperson of the
London Assembly Dee Doocey
Created a Baroness in 2010.
2012- Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant for Wiltshire Sarah
Held held several voluntary positions both within and outside the County for a number of years. Married to Peter Troughton and they have got 3 children and 2 granchildren. She is daughter of Timothy James Alan Colman and Lady Mary Cecilia Bowes-Lyon, sister of the 17th Earl of Strathmore. Her grandfather was brother of the Queen Mother.
2012- Her Majesty's Lord-lieutenant for Cumbria Claire Hensman
High Sheriff in 2007-08, former Deputy Pro-Chancellor of Lancaster University and involved in a number of charities.
2012- Lord-Lieutenant and Lord Povost of Glasgow Sadie Docherty
2012- Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeen Beverley Graham
2013- Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for the County Borough of
Londonderry Dr Angela Garvey
A former consultant in palliative care medicine at Algnagelvin Hospital and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh and London. Former Deputy Lieutenant. (b. 1953-)
Mayor of London and Head of the Commission of Lieutenancy Dame Fiona Woolf
The City of London is unique in that the post of Lord-Lieutenant is held in commission. Alderman for the Ward of Candlewick in the City of London since 2007 and was Sheriff of the City of London for 2010–11. She is the second female Lord Mayor for 800 years after Dame Mary Donaldson 1983-84. (b. 1948-)
2013- Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for County Durham Susan
A former teacher and magistrate
2013- Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire Fiona Kennedy
2013- Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire Miranda Jane McHardy
2014- Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Berwickshire
Former Deputy Lord-Lieutenant
2014- Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Belfast Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle
Involved in public and voluntary service, Deputy Lieutenant 2009-14.
2015- Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Somerset Anne Maw
Invoved in charities and High Sheriff of Somerset in 2008.
2015- Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear Susan Margaret Winfield
Civil Servant and former High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear
2015- Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Suffolk The Countess of Euston
Lady Clare Euston has been inovled in community work and is the mother of the Duke of Grafton and four daughters
2015- Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeen Lady Catto
2016- Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Dumfries Lady MacGregor of MacGregor
Fiona Armstrong is a TV-broadcaster and author. Married to Sir Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor, 7th Baronet MacGregor and 24th Chief of Clan Gregor, and mother of 1 daughter.
2016- Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Dyfed Sara Elinor Edwards
News reader on Welsh BBC and involved in various charities. Lord-Lieutenant for Dyfed 2011-15, and mother of 1 daughter
2016- Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for South Glamorgan Morfudd Ann Meredith
Former High Sheriff of South Glamorgan and engaged in the voluntary sector.
The Confederation of the Cinque Ports
A confederation concerned with the naval defence of the English southeastern coast - most probably already existed before the Norman conquest of 1066. The importance of the Ports gradually declined and by the middle of the 19th century they had lost most of their privileges and rights.
1949 Speaker of the Confederation of the Cinque Ports Annabel Windsor Farnfield, Lord Mayor of Hasting
1952-53 Speaker of the Confederation of the Cinque Ports Lilian Elizabeth Farmer, Lord Mayor of Hythe
1960-61 Speaker of the Confederation of the Cinque Ports Dorothy Bushell, Lord Mayor of Dover
1971-72 Speaker of the Confederation of the Cinque Ports Elsie Philpot, Lord Mayor of Rye
1978-79 Speaker of the Confederation of the Cinque Ports Joan Gwendolen Yates, Lord Mayor of Rye
1979-2002 Lord Warden HM Queen
Elizabeth, The Queen Mother
1979-80 Speaker of the Confederation of the Cinque Ports Elizabeth Dunn Wells, Lord Mayor of New Romney
1981-82 Speaker of the Confederation of the Cinque Ports Edith Hadden, Lord Mayor of Dover
1993-94 Speaker of the Confederation of the Cinque Ports Adele S. Alderton, Lord Mayor of New Romney
1996-97 Speaker of the Confederation of the Cinque Ports Winifred Mary Laslett, Lord Mayor of Sandwich
1999-2000 Speaker of the Confederation of the Cinque Ports Geraldine Ann Bromley, Lord Mayor of Rye
2000-01 Speaker of the Confederation of the Cinque Ports Carole J. Waters, Lord Mayor of New Romney
2002-03 Speaker of the Confederation of the Cinque Ports Diane G. Smallwood, Mayor of Dover
2009-10 Speaker of the Confederation of the Cinque Ports Sue Jones, Mayor of Dover
2011-12 Speaker of the Confederation of the Cinque Ports Kim Forward, Mayor of Hastings
Last updates 02.02.17