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31 July 2017

Deputy Lord Lieutenants of Cumbria announced

The Lord-Lieutenant of Cumbria, Mrs Claire Theresa Hensman, has appointed the following to be Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Cumbria:

Air Commodore Peter Anthony Smith RAF (Retd), Carnforth      

Mrs Sarah Beatrice Dunning, OBE, Kirkby Stephen

Peter Smith served in the Royal Air Force from 1965 until 2001, retiring as an acting Air Commodore.  Operationally, he flew as a navigator on Maritime Patrol Aircraft but later specialised in the testing and evaluation of new equipment and procedures in the UK and, for over five years, in the USA.  His final appointment, in the rank of acting Air Commodore, was as head of a team responsible for introducing new equipment procurement practices across the three Services within the Ministry of Defence.   Since retiring he has been involved in community projects in Cumbria.  He is currently Chairman of Age UK South Lakeland and Chair of the Cumbria Community Transport Forum.

Sarah Dunning is Chair of the Westmorland Family, best known for its motorway services, Tebay Services on the M6 in Cumbria and Gloucester Services on the M5.  Committed to quality food, local producers and positive community impact, Sarah was awarded the OBE in 2015 and is currently the Prince’s Responsible Business Ambassador in the North West for Business in the Community.  Sarah was born and lives in Cumbria and says of her appointment

“It is a great honour to be appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Cumbria and I look forward to supporting the Lord Lieutenant in her role.”

In the United Kingdom, a Deputy Lieutenant is a Crown appointment and one of several deputies to the Lord Lieutenant of a lieutenancy area.

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The Lord-Lieutenant of Cumbria, Mrs Claire Theresa Hensman, has appointed two new Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Cumbria