County Council welcomes appointment of new Lord-Lieutenant for Hampshire
Friday, 22 August 2014
Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry, has welcomed the announcement today (22 August 2014) that Nigel Atkinson is to be the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, in succession to Dame Mary Fagan, who retires on 11 September 2014.
Nigel Atkinson (60) has been a Deputy Lieutenant since 1999 and the much respected Vice-Lord-Lieutenant for Hampshire since 2007.
Roy Perry said: “As Her Majesty’s representative in the County, the Lord Lieutenant has a very special position, and we have been remarkably well-served over the past twenty years by Dame Mary Fagan who has discharged the role with tremendous grace, charm and commitment - earning her a very special place in Hampshire’s history. The County Council has sought to commemorate her service in various ways, not least by naming our hub office in Basingstoke as Dame Mary Fagan House.
“Nigel Atkinson, as Vice Lieutenant, has discharged his role in an admirable way and has been a great support to the Lieutenancy and to the county in general, and it is absolutely appropriate that he now steps up to the top job. I am delighted to learn that he is to be appointed to this important role, and as he is former Chief Executive of Gales Brewery, it might be appropriate for people of Hampshire to raise a glass to toast the announcement!
"I have written to Nigel Atkinson congratulating him on the appointment and assured him that the County Council will continue to give support to the Lieutenancy.”