The Lord- Lieutenant of the West Midlands is Her Majesty’s personal representative and the role involves supporting civic, ceremonial, voluntary, charitable and social activity.


John Crabtree, OBE, is the Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands and he is supported by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Deputy Lieutenants  and a small secretariat.


“I am enormously proud of the West Midlands – its people, its communities and above all, its energy.  We have one of the youngest populations in Europe. We are culturally and artistically diverse. We are hugely creative and entrepreneurial – and we are home to thousands of enterprises that make a significant contribution to the nation’s economy. The people of the West Midlands can be proud of its achievements that are recognised throughout the world.


“It is this vitality and variety that the West Midlands Lieutenancy is committed to supporting – helping to bring our many communities together whilst also promoting and showcasing the unique qualities that together create the West Midlands.  As Lord-Lieutenant I am privileged to be a part of such a dynamic and wonderful county and will always do all that I can to support the many fantastic achievements and people here.”


John Crabtree, OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands

About the West Midlands Lieutenancy

The West Midlands Lieutenancy is the second largest lieutenancy in England and Wales supporting a population of nearly 3 million people across the seven local authorities of Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton.


Although the West Midlands’ metropolitan county was only formed in 1974, the office of Lord-Lieutenant dates back to the 16th century and the reign of Henry VIII.


Today the West Midlands Lieutenancy is involved in a variety of community roles and activities, including:


  • Arranges and supports visits to the West Midlands by members of the Royal Family who are accompanied by the Lord-Lieutenant or his representative whilst in the area.
  • Advises on nominations and honours – including The New Year Honours and The Queen’s Birthday Honours.
  • Helps identify companies and enterprises that might be considered as recipients of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
  • Presents medals, Queen’s Awards and other commendations including planning and organising the presentation of the British Empire Medal held each year in the West Midlands.
  • Maintains and encourages links with the civic authorities, armed forces and the emergency services.

West Midlands Lieutenancy on Twitter

"To have somebody from outside tell us we're doing a good job, it just makes it all the more worthwhile".

We love this short video that @WMLieutenancy made about us when we won the @QueensAwardVS earlier this year! 👑🥇❤

#QAVS #QueensAwardVS

Due to a fire near the office, power is out and the phones are down. We have had to vacate. Hopefully normal service will resume tomorrow.

Congratulations to our outstanding winner Morgan Payne & Knightly for winning Excellence in Customer Service at The Nachural Summer Business Ball & Awards 2021.

#Nachbiz21 #business #winner #customerservice @ninderjohal @tbipublication

🌳 Starting today, #NationalTreeWeek is the perfect opportunity to get involved in the @QGCanopy and plant a tree to commemorate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

📷 The Duke of Gloucester visits Burford Community Orchard in Oxfordshire for their #JubileeTree planting.

Wonderful evening at the #youwm launch event!
Very special to be asked to speak and share my experiences as a Cadet with @stjohnambulance

The opportunities this will provide for young people across @SJAWMids are phenomenal and I'm so proud to be part of it💚