Trustees chair Rob is appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire
EAST Cheshire Hospice chair of trustees Rob Barrow has been appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire.
Rob, from Macclesfield, was selected for the prestigious honour by Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs MBE KStJ, in recognition of his services to the community.
The appointment means he will be an official representative of the Lord-Lieutenant at civic ceremonies and other functions around Cheshire.
Rob, who founded a computer software business, has devoted much of his energies to charity work since retiring 13 years ago.
He is also a Cheshire Community Foundation trustee, a founder of C4C (Congleton for Congleton) and a patron of the National Trust where he supports an ongoing appeal to renovate Quarry Bank Mill at Styal.
Rob, one of 45 deputy lieutenants across Cheshire, said: “It’s a fantastic honour and is based I think on what I’ve been doing relatively quietly in the charitable sector for the last decade or so.
“I’m very pleased and humbled and delighted to be selected to represent the Lord-Lieutenant when he needs someone to represent him on behalf of HM The Queen as the need arises, especially south of Macclesfield where there are only a small number of other DLs. As David Briggs said on my appointment, it’s an honour but also a job and though it means I’ll certainly be doing more of the same, my role as Deputy Lieutenant will also be hugely helpful with certain people and in certain scenarios in terms of helping to open doors for East Cheshire Hospice and the other charities I’m involved in.”
David Briggs, who is also President of East Cheshire Hospice, said: “Rob has been a huge supporter of a number of charitable initiatives I’m involved in across the county, including East Cheshire Hospice and Cheshire Community Foundation.
“He’s also been extremely helpful in a number of other ways so he’s exactly the right sort of person we’re looking for and really wants to make a difference in the community.
“The deputy lieutenant role is for people who deserve some recognition for what they’ve done for the community and, having given them some recognition and thanking them for what they’ve done already, I then ask please will you do a bit more!”
●● Rob Barrow