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The West Midlands Lieutenancy

Former Lord-Lieutenants

Charles Ian Finch-Knightley, 11th Earl of Aylesford DL, JP (2 November 1918 – 19 February 2008), styled Lord Guernsey between 1940 and 1958, was a British peer.

Finch-Knightley was the elder son of Charles Finch-Knightley, 10th Earl of Aylesford, by Aileen Jane, daughter of William McCormac Boyle. He was educated at Oundle School. He served in the Second World War where he was wounded. After the war he was appointed a Justice of the Peace for Warwickshire in 1948 and a Deputy Lieutenant of the county in 1954. He succeeded his father in the earldom in 1958. In 1974 he was appointed to the new post of Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, a position he held until 1993.

Lord Aylesford married Margaret Rosemary Tyer (d. 1989), daughter of Major Austin Arnold Tyer, in 1946. They had one son and two daughters. He died in February 2008 aged 89.


Sir Robert Richard Taylor was born in Birmingham on June 14 1932 and educated at the city's Yardley Grammar School. As an 18-year-old he joined the RAF as a cadet pilot, completing his flying training in 1952. He was awarded a Queen's Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air.

He was appointed MBE and in June 1973 he retired, starting his career at Birmingham Airport a year later. In the early 1980s he was involved in a motor accident which left him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life; but he never allowed this to inhibit his heavy work schedule or his enthusiasm for life. He was awarded an Honorary LLB by Birmingham University in 1998.

After serving as a Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands he was appointed in 1993 to be Lord-Lieutenant, a post he held until 2006, when ill health forced him to retire early. He was appointed OBE in 1989, KStJ in 1994 and KCVO in 2006.

Bob Taylor died on June 7, 2008.



Mr Paul Sabapathy CBE was born in Chennai in India, and moved to theUK in 1964, after studying at Lawrence School, Lovedale and Madras Christian College.  He completed a Masters Degree from Aston University and qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant, becoming a British citizen in 1984. After a 28-year career in industry holding senior positions with IMI plc, and retiring as Assistant Managing Director of IMI Titanium in 1996, he became the Chief Executive of North Birmingham Community NHS Trust, serving until 2000.

He has been Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Board of Governors at Birmingham City University and has also served as a member of various Higher Education Funding Council committees. He was on the Boards of many NHS organisations stepping down in 2011 as Chairman of Birmingham East and North PCT. He served on the Boards of both Black Country and Birmingham Heartlands Development Corporations He is a Governor of The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Trustee of the Bournville Village Trust.

He was awarded the OBE for services to urban regeneration in 1995. In 2004 he was awarded  a CBE for services to business and education in the West Midlands in 2004.

Paul was appointed as the first ever non-white Lord- Lieutenant in 2007 and held this post until September 2015.