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New Lord-Lieutenant appointed

A new Lord-Lieutenant appointment has been made for East Renfrewshire.


A new appointment has been made for the role of the Queen's representative in East Renfrewshire.

Colonel Peter Thomas McCarthy takes over as the Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, which covers Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde on 28 March.

The 65-year-old takes on the role following the retirement of his predecessor Guy Clark.

Colonel McCarthy became a Deputy Lieutenant for Renfrewshire in 2011 and was promoted to Vice Lord-Lieutenant in 2016. He has been married for 37 years to Jean (née Drummond), who is from a Greenock family of long-standing and they have three sons.

As Lord-Lieutenant, Colonel McCarthy's first and foremost duty is to uphold the dignity of the Crown. He is responsible for arrangements for Royal Visits to the area, and represents Her Majesty when called to do so.

He takes an active interest in the business, industrial and social life of East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde and seeks to encourage a spirit of co-operation in the voluntary services and benevolent organisations.

It is an absolute honour to take on the role of Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire. I wish to pay tribute to my predecessor, Guy Clark, who has carried out his duties with such distinction over the past 12 years. I very much look forward to meeting the wide and varied groups and residents from across the whole area as I attend events and ceremonies in the months and years ahead. 
Colonel McCarthy

Colonel McCarthy was educated at Purley based all-boys Roman Catholic school, John Fisher School, and Welbeck College. After finishing his studies, he was commissioned into the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) in 1973. He completed a 30 year career, which included service in Germany and Northern Ireland, attaining the senior military officer rank of Colonel, and upon leaving the Army in 2004, he became an Operations Director with the British Red Cross in Glasgow. There he managed a large team which delivered services in West Central and South West Scotland for several years before taking on a part-time role in 2011 to support operations in the UK and abroad, before retiring in 2015.

Colonel McCarthy was elected to the Master Court of the Incorporation of Hammermen of Glasgow in 2010, and became Deacon in 2015. In this capacity, he has also served as a trustee of the Trades House of Glasgow, where he chairs an external consultative group providing advice on the Trades House programme to offer support for children in kinship care.

With a particular interest in the voluntary sector, and as an active supporter of local veterans, Colonel McCarthy is also Vice President of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Association in Scotland, as well as being Patron of a local Army Cadet detachment.


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