Susan is first lady to be named Lord Lieutenant in Lanarkshire
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.