Alan Brayley, Managing Director of AB Glass and President of Swansea Bay Business Club, is honoured to have accepted the appointment of Deputy Lieutenant for West Glamorgan, supporting Louise Fleet, JP, HM Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan.
The appointment, which remains active until Alan is 75, has been made as the Office readies for an increase in public engagements as lockdown restrictions ease and prepares for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year.
A Lord Lieutenant is the Queen’s personal representative for a particular area. Their duties include arranging visits by members of the royal family; representing the Queen at functions and ceremonies; liaising with the armed forces; presenting and encouraging nominations for medals, awards and honours; and assisting charities, often in an official capacity as patron or president. They are encouraged to play an active role in the business, civic and social life of that area.
The appointments mean the necessary support is now in place for the Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan as her Office gears up for a busy schedule of engagements after a long period where social gatherings have been restricted. On top of this, a number of big events are being planned to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year.
Alan was appointed along with two other individuals: retired Accountant Philip Hunkin, who has been appointed Vice Lord-Lieutenant for West Glamorgan, succeeding Dr Edward Roberts a well-known GP in Neath Port Talbot, who retired in June; and Susan Jones, MBE, who before her retirement in January was the Lead Nurse for school health nursing and looked after children nursing services at Swansea Bay University Health Board, who has also been appointed Deputy Lieutenant.
The appointment of two individuals from the business community is also significant. An important function of a Lord Lieutenant is encouraging nominations for the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, an awards programme for businesses that excel at international trade, innovation, sustainable development or promoting opportunity. They are the highest official UK awards for British businesses.
Alan Brayley said: “I am humbled and honoured to have accepted this appointment, supporting Louise Fleet, JP, HM Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan. I think the position of Lord Lieutenant is an extremely important one and I look forward to supporting the Office in every way I can, especially in relation to helping build links with the local business community and, as President of Swansea Bay Business Club, encouraging businesses from this area to apply for the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.”