Dr John Cater

The Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University has been appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire.

Dr John Cater CBE, who has been Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University for 25 years, was appointed by The Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, The Lord Shuttleworth KG KCVO, with effect from Friday 18 January 2019.

He will join the existing team of Deputies who help and support the Lord-Lieutenant in his duties as Her Majesty The Queen’s representative in Lancashire. 

Professor Clive Edwards, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Board of Governors said: “I am delighted that our Vice-Chancellor, Dr John Cater, has agreed to become one of Lancashire’s Deputy Lieutenants.

“John has a deep commitment to the region and its people. I am certain that he will excel in this public role and he brings to it a wealth of experience at local and national levels.” 

Lord-Lieutenants are Her Majesty’s personal representative in a county or area. Their prime duty is to uphold the dignity of the Crown, through the following functions: 

• Arranging visits by Members of The Royal family and escorting Royal visitors; 
• Presentation of medals and awards on behalf of Her Majesty (such as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise); 
• Participation in civic, voluntary and social activities with the Lieutenancy; 
• Liaison with local units of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force and their associated cadet forces; 
• Leading the local magistracy by chairing the Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace. 

The function of a Deputy Lieutenant is to assist the Lord-Lieutenant in carrying out his public duties.

The Office of Lord-Lieutenant is military in origin and dates from the reign of Henry VIII, when the holder was responsible for the maintenance of order and for military purposes relating to local defence.