THE Lord Lieutenant for the Western Isles, Donald Martin, has announced the appointment of Elizabeth McAtear from Barra as the new Vice-Lord Lieutenant.
The post, which has been vacant since November 2016, was held by the current Lord Lieutenant since 2013.
Mrs McAtear was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 1998 and has served under three Lord Lieutenants over the past 19 years. She took early retirement from the Citizens’ Advice Bureau in Barra after 25 years as manager, and she is a former councillor, former chairwoman of the board of Lews Castle College (UHI) and former vice- chairwoman of the Western Isles NHS board.
She has been active in community development with Voluntary Action Barra and Vatersay for more than 35 years, being involved in establishing the Western Isles CAB service, local community newspaper
Guth Bharraidh, the community bus service and the local housing association, (now part of Hebridean Housing Partnership).
Mrs McAtear said: ‘It is a great privilege and honour for me to be appointed as the Vice-Lord Lieutenant and I look forward to supporting the Lord Lieutenant in carrying out the work of the lieutenancy.’
Donald Martin congratulates Elizabeth McAtear.