The Lord-Lieutenant is HM The Queen’s personal representative in the County. He is responsible for the organisation of all official Royal visits to Hampshire and on the day of an engagement he escorts the Royal visitor around the various locations.
The Lord-Lieutenant also carries out other duties in the County, such as the presentation of decorations (where the recipient is unable to attend an Investiture), The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and Voluntary Service. The Lord-Lieutenant has close links with the military and is the President of the South East Reserve Forces and Cadet Association.
The Lord-Lieutenant was born in London and educated at Haileybury & Imperial Service College, and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Following six years with the Royal Green Jackets he joined the Leisure & Retailing sector and now has a portfolio of Non-Executive positions.
The Lord-Lieutenant is involved with numerous charitable organisations around the county and is Patron or President of many of these, including the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation, The Rainbow Centre in Fareham, The Roberts Centre in Portsmouth and The Rowan’s Hospice at Waterlooville. Mr Atkinson is a Trustee of Winchester Cathedral and HMS Warrior 1860, and Patron of Gilbert White’s Museum and The King Edward VI’s School in Southampton.
The Lord-Lieutenant has had an interest in youth organisations for many years, following his own service in the Combined Cadet Force whilst at school. He is President of Hampshire Scouts, President of the D of E in Hampshire, Patron of Hampshire Constabulary Volunteer Police Cadets and Honorary Colonel of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight ACF.
Hampshire Lieutenancy Office
Telephone: 01962 826064