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Appointment of a new Lord-Lieutenant for Rutland

Date Published: 14 February 2018
Dr Sarah Furness

Rutland County Council is pleased to note the appointment of Dr Sarah Furness as Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland.

Dr Furness, pictured above with winners of Rutland's 2016 Young People's Awards, will succeed Sir Laurence Howard when he retires as Lord-Lieutenant on 29 March 2018.    

Dr Furness will succeed Sir Laurence Howard when he retires as Lord-Lieutenant on 29 March 2018 and said:

“I am delighted to confirm that following the Prime Minister’s recommendation Her Majesty The Queen has formally approved my appointment as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland in succession to Sir Laurence Howard KCVO OBE. I will take over the role on March 29th the date of Sir Laurence’s 75th birthday. I will be the first lady Lord Lieutenant Rutland has had. I am tremendously proud and pleased that I will become Lord-Lieutenant this year, the centenary of women getting the vote for the first time. Following Sir Laurence, who has served Rutland in exemplary fashion and is loved by all, will be a daunting task. However, I will do everything I can to serve Her Majesty and Rutland to the best of my ability for the next fourteen years."
Dr Sarah Furness

Dr Furness has worked for many years in the voluntary sector, including for Macmillan Cancer Support, For Rutland (supporting those with life-limiting illnesses) and Warning Zone (introducing children to the dangers of modern life).  

She is a member of the steering committee for Women in Philanthropy, which supports charities across Rutland and Leicestershire; a trustee for the Sustainable Land Trust, supporting those at risk of being expelled from school; and a trustee for Rutland Grants, helping local people in need.  She is a member of the Court of Leicester University.    

Dr Furness lives in Whissendine with her husband, a former President of the Royal College of Pathologists.

Sir Laurence Howard, KCVO, OBE, JP, was appointed as Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland in 2003, having served as Deputy Lieutenant since 1997. 

Sir Laurence is also a former chairman of the Central Council of Magistrates' Courts Committees, and has served on the bench in Leicestershire and Rutland for 25 years. 

For more information about the Lord-Lieutenant please visit our Rutland Lieutenancy page.


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