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Pro-Chancellor appointed as royal representative for West Yorkshire

Posted on 31 July 2018

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Leeds Trinity University Pro-Chancellor, Ed Anderson, has been appointed by Her Majesty the Queen as the next Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire.

As the Queen's representative for West Yorkshire, the role comes with many responsibilities including the co-ordination of royal visits, as well as representing the monarchy at events such as Remembrance Sunday and Armed Forces day.

"It's an enormous honour, and I feel extremely proud that I've been thought of as suitable to take this on," said Ed. "When you're appointed as Lord Lieutenant the expectation is you will do it until you're 75. The current Lord Lieutenant has done the job for 14 years, so this really is something that only comes up every so often."

Ed has served as one of 60 deputies in West Yorkshire for the past two years, and has fulfilled similar ceremonial duties in that role. He has attended events at Leeds Trinity in his capacity of Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire including All Saints Day, the Installation of the Chancellor and Graduation.

He added: "West Yorkshire is an enormous county, covering Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Calderdale and Kirklees council areas, and has a population of about two million.

"If it was just up to the Lord Lieutenant they'd be able to cover very little by themselves, so with the help of the deputies they can hopefully make a really big impact across the county."

In addition to his role as Lord Lieutenant, Ed is also Pro-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity, having served for 11 years as a member, and then Chair, of the Board of Governors. He was announced as Pro-Chancellor in 2013.

 "The University is very close to my heart and always will be," said Ed. "When I was on the Board, and particularly while I was Chair, we went on this great journey. We moved from Trinity and All Saints College to Leeds Trinity University College and then to Leeds Trinity University, just before I stood down as Chair of Governors."

Ed will succeed the current Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dame Ingrid Roscoe, on 1 September.