Professor Paul Layzell, Principal of Royal Holloway, has been appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey.
Professor Layzell officially took up the new role on December 21 and was appointed this title and honour by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Mr Michael More-Molyneux.
The Lord-Lieutenant role entails being the Queen’s personal representative in the nation where they hold responsibility for many factors. These include active participation in social, voluntary and civic ceremonies as well as working with local, community units of the Armed Forces.
Professor Layzell’s role of being Deputy Lieutenant is to support and encourage the Lieutenancy framework in the county of Surrey. Furthermore, Professor Layzell will also be a representative figure at local functions and ceremonies for the Lord-Lieutenant.
Speaking of his new position, Professor Layzell said: ‘I am honoured to take up the historic role of as a Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey. I am looking forward to working with the Lord-Lieutenant and Vice Lord Lieutenant and the Deputy Lieutenant team to inspire and support the people living and working in Surrey.
‘At Royal Holloway, our purpose is to advance knowledge to change our world and share that knowledge so we can make a sustained and meaningful contribution on campus and beyond. Working with the Lieutenancy in Surrey, we will be able to share this passion with the wider community.’