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

On Thursday, His Royal Highness visited Birmingham.

First, The Earl visited @WMPolice where he took part in a roundtable discussion about the city’s Pandemic response with @BhamCityCouncil and local emergency services.

We've been speaking to students from around the West Midlands as part of a new DRIVE initiative by @WMLieutenancy.

The event aims to show young people how they can develop their skills in the military and emergency services and promote #career opportunities 👮

ONE YEAR plus 173: another visit on behalf of @WMLieutenancy to visit the DRIVE event which looks for diverse talent in the armed and blue light services. The highlight for many was Forest the police dog. Keep safe.

ONE YEAR plus 172: back in Birmingham to support the @WMLieutenancy Lord-Lieutenant and Martin Livermore at the DRIVE event which exposes the armed forces and blue light devices to our diverse local young talent. Great fun learning in this way, I am back tomorrow.

Tonight: Armed forces and the emergency services are trying to attract a more diverse workforce. Students tell us why barriers into those jobs must be broken down @bbcmtd 6.30pm @MyBCU @WMLieutenancy

Congratulations to @JurdNeil OBE winner of the The Community Awards – Sponsored by Mortgage Squared and presented by Deputy Lieutenant Les Ratcliffe MBE TD DL.

Keep doing the great things your doing!

#veterans #veteransawards #community #military #charity

HRH The Earl of Wessex officially opened the brand-new performance space at Symphony Hall, a B:Music venue yesterday and enjoyed live music from our Rise Up ensemble