Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE is the City’s third Lord-Lieutenant. She was preceded by Sir James Napier Tidmarsh KCVO MBE (from 1996 to 2007) and Mrs Mary Prior CVO MBE DStJ JP (from 2007 to 2017). Her commission runs until 2028. Lord-Lieutenants normally retire on their 75th birthday.
Historically, the office of Lord-Lieutenant dates to the reign of King Henry VIII who made the holder responsible for the maintenance of law and order and for all military matters necessary for defence. The Lord-Lieutenant is appointed by Her Majesty the Queen. The office is non-political.
The Vice Lord-Lieutenant is Robert Bourns. One of the roles of Vice Lord-Lieutenant is the appointment of the Lord-Lieutenant, subject to the approval of The Queen, and lasts for an agreed period of time. The Vice Lord-Lieutenant takes on such duties as the Lord-Lieutenant may decide and can represent the Lord-Lieutenant for any function except the chairing of the Keeper of the Roles.
The Deputy Lord-Lieutenants are appointed by the Lord-Lieutenant and vary in number according to the number of inhabitants in the County and City of Bristol at the last Census. On this basis, there may be up to 33 Deputy Lord-Lieutenants in post. Each retires on their 75th birthday. The aim of the Lord-Lieutenant is to appoint Deputies that reflect the diversity of the County in terms of social range, community background, gender, ethnic mix and service to the community.
The Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lord-Lieutenants for the County and City of Bristol are: