Su­san is first lady to be named Lord Lieu­tenant in La­nark­shire

East Kilbride News - - SPECIAL INTERVIEW - Ste­fanie Mc­Court

La­nark­shire has a fe­male Lord Lieu­tenant — a first since the role was cre­ated in the 1700s.

Lady Su­san Haughey CBE has set­tled into the po­si­tion af­ter be­ing ap­pointed by The Queen fol­low­ing the re­ti­ral of Mush­taq Ah­mad OBE in Novem­ber.

A renowned busi­ness­woman and phi­lan­thropist, Lady Haughey set up City Re­frig­er­a­tion Ltd with her hus­band, Wil­lie, in 1985.

In 2002, the cou­ple es­tab­lished the City Char­i­ta­ble Trust, and have do­nated more than £9 mil­lion to de­serv­ing causes.

For the past six years Lady Haughey has been di­rec­tor of the Kil­bryde Hos­pice in La­nark­shire, and was awarded a CBE in 2016.

She had pre­vi­ously served as a Deputy Lord Lieu­tenant for five years.

Lady Haughey said: “As far as I know, I am the first fe­male Lord Lieu­tenant of La­nark­shire. Ob­vi­ously I am de­lighted about that.

“We’ve come a long way, and I am thank­ful for all that Em­me­line Parkhurst has done for us.

“We have a fe­male provost in North La­nark­shire at the mo­ment, and we pre­vi­ously had a lady provost in South too. We’ve cer­tainly made our mark!”

Lady Haughey’s ap­point­ment came af­ter she was nom­i­nated by pre­de­ces­sor Mr Ah­mad, and a gru­elling se­lec­tion process, with fi­nal ap­proval com­ing from The Queen.

She said: “I had been a Deputy Lieu­tenant for five years, and I knew that I would be in the run­ning for it.

“I must thank Mush­taq for the nom­i­na­tion, and con­grat­u­late him for do­ing such a fan­tas­tic job as Lord Lieu­tenant.

“I will now hold of­fice un­til I’m 75, at which point I will need to re­tire. But hope­fully by then I will have given as much as I pos­si­bly can to the role.”

As Lord Lieu­tenant, Lady Haughey is sup­ported by 24 deputies, a fig­ure that was in­creased from eight by Mr Ah­mad.

She con­tin­ued: “I was one of those that Mush­taq brought in, and now I am grate­ful for the full back­ing of the deputies.

“The 24 deputies are from all dif­fer­ent back­grounds and walks of life, and I think that’s re­ally im­por­tant.

“We have four ar­eas we con­cen­trate on — nom­i­na­tion of hon­ours, com­mu­nity, busi­ness and uni­form ser­vices.

“We are look­ing to see what we can do for our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

“I re­ally want to get the schools in­volved with our monar­chy project, which will teach them what the monar­chy is all about.

“I also want the chil­dren to be more in­volved with our cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­monies in La­nark­shire.

“There’s 24 a year, and we in­vited sec­ondary pupils to one at the coun­cil head­quar­ters in Hamil­ton re­cently.

“It’s quite an in­spir­ing ser­vice, you can just feel it in the room.

“I’m de­lighted pri­mary pupils will be attending a forth­com­ing ser­vice, and we re­ally want to start chil­dren learn­ing about the process of gain­ing Bri­tish cit­i­zen­ship in our schools.”

Lady Haughey’s of­fice can also as­sist any­one wish­ing to make an honour nom­i­na­tion.

To find out more, and for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the lieu­tenancy, call on 01698 302414 or write to Lord Lieu­tenant’s Of­fice, Civic Cen­tre, Wind­mill­hill Street, Mother­well, ML1 1AB.

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