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:

  • To arrange Royal Visits to Cumbria
  • To oversee local nominations for The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service and for attendance at Royal Garden Parties, and to represent The Queen in presenting certain Medals and Awards (including The Queen's Award for Enterprise)
  • To validate local Honours Nominations
  • To present medals and awards on behalf of Her Majesty
  • To lead the local magistracy as Chairman of the Cumbria Advisory Committee on the Appointment of Justices for the Peace
  • To liaise and support local units of the Armed Forces, their veteran associations and their Cadet Forces
  • To participate in civic, voluntary and social activities

The Lord-Lieutenant for Cumbria

Claire Hensman was High Sheriff in 2007-08 and was a member of the Council of the High Sheriff's Association. She has focussed her energies on education and health, until recently a board member of the University of Cumbria and previously on the Council and as Deputy Pro-Chancellor of Lancaster University. Previous positions have included: non-executive director of Westmorland Hospital NHS Trust and General Commissioner for Income Tax. As a Trustee for various local charities, 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 Katherine Fairclough, 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.walker@cumbria.gov.uk