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

don't forget we have our last QAVS briefing on Zoom this evening. It is not too late if you want to join us, just drop us a message and we will send you the link @BhamCityCouncil @GrBhamChambers @BVSC @One_Walsall @thinkSandwell @DudleyVols

Wishing all the athletes and staff @TeamGB the best of luck this #Tokyo2020 #Olympics.

Although it won’t be like previous Games, enjoy it and we know you’ll do the nation proud.

Youth Organisations in Uniform West Midlands (YOU #WestMidlands) are seeking to appoint a self-employed Youth Coordinator to engage with the 11 member organisations, regional bodies and influencers in the #Birmingham area.

More details on our webpage ⬇

Today, The @EarthshotPrize has announced the upcoming release of Earthshot: How To Save Our Planet.

This definitive #EarthshotPrize book, which aims to inspire a decade of action to repair our planet, is available for pre-order now.

Are you planning to nominate a voluntary group for @QueensAwardVS this year? Did you miss our briefings? We have a catch up on 28th July at 5pm on Zoom. Message us for more details and spread the word. It could be you! Here's one of our past winners Mindful Gifts