THE vice chancellor of Warwick University has been made a Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands.
Professor Nigel Thrift was one of six figures – all men – in the region to be handed the accolade by Lord Lieutenant Paul Sabapathy, who represents the Queen across the region.
The deputy roles will see the men support Mr Sabapathy by and carrying out tasks including promoting awareness and understanding of The Queen’s Award as well as indentifying potential honours nominations. They can also suggest royal visits.
Prof Thrift has been Vice-Chancellor since 2006.
Others to take up the role are David Clarke, managing director of Birmingham-based firm Clarke Associates; Brendan Connor, who chairs the RAF Museum; Rolls Royce director Dr Hamid Mughal, BMA Midlands Council vice-chair Dr Satya Sharma and East End Foods managing director Kuldip Wouhra.
Mr Sabapathy said: “They join our existing group of highly committed and hugely capable Deputy Lieutenants to serve the 2.7 million citizens in the West Midlands – which is the second largest lieutenancy in the country.
“They will be helping me as Lord-Lieutenant to represent Her Majesty in the West Midlands to the very highest standards that she expects and demands.”