The Lord-Lieutenant is Her Majesty The Queen's representative in Cumbria. The post is unpaid and administrative support is provided by Cumbria County Council. It is his/her duty to uphold the dignity of the Crown, to give encouragement to voluntary service and to take an active interest in the business and social life of the county and the voluntary activity that goes
on in it.
The main duties of the Lord-Lieutenant are:
Claire Hensman was High Sheriff in 2007-08 and was until recently on the Council of the High Sheriff's Association. She has focussed her energies on education and health, currently a board member of the University of Cumbria and previously on the council and as Deputy Pro-Chancellor of Lancaster University. She was also a non-executive director of Westmorland Hospital NHS Trust. In the charitable sector, she has concentrated on the marginalised, working for disabled and disadvantaged young people, prisoners and those with alcohol and drugs problems.
Mrs Hensman lives near Kendal with her husband, Peter, and has two daughters and one son.
The Lieutenancy Office:
The Clerk to the Lieutenancy is Mrs Diane Wood, Chief Executive of Cumbria County Council.
The Assistant Clerk to the Lieutenancy, to whom all initial enquiries are to be made, is:
Suzannah Walker, Assistant Clerk to the Lieutenancy, Cumbria House, 107-117 Botchergate, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 1RD
Tel: 01228 221722, E-mail: Suzannah.firstname.lastname@example.org