Representing His Majesty the King in the West Midlands


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


Sir 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.”


Sir 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 King’s Birthday Honours.
  • Helps identify companies and enterprises that might be considered as recipients of The King’s Award for Enterprise.
  • Presents medals, King’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

A great privilege to speak at the unveiling of the Knife Angel in Walsall this morning @WMLieutenancy . This sculpture is formed of 100,000 blunted knives #KnifeAngelWalsall and highlights the devastating impact of knife crime. @WalsallCouncil @WalsallPolice

Sandwell Cadets were delighted with our Guest Speakers this week, Chief Superintendent Madill @KimMadillWMP spoke about her Police journey & Deputy Lieutenant John Wood @WMLieutenancy spoke about his work for the Royal Family. Thank you both. @SandwellPolice

Prof Sir Christopher Ham represented the Lord-Lieutenant today officially opening @ForwardEdTrust Academy @TheHeights23. A terrific new school for children with autism. He was guided around by year 7 pupil Declan. @SolihullCouncil

Representing our Lord Lieutenant @WMLieutenancy with St John Cadet, Sean Cronin, I was pleased to attend St Chad’s Civic Mass. A lovely service. Good to see our High Sheriff with his Police Cadets. @HighSheriffWM23 @YOUWestMids @StJohn_WestMids @WMPolice

Honoured to be at Bosnia House @bhuknetwork for the auspicious event marking #StatehoodDay on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant Sir John Crabtree OBE @WMLieutenancy.

Great to see Ambassador Topcagic, @BrumLordMayor @_waqarazmi @nickyebrennan
@martinibrooks @wntvuk, Eveson Trust

The stage is set for what is gearing up to be an excellent day. We will be focusing on the most important social and emotional skills people need to thrive in the modern world - that are laid in early childhood but continue to grow for a lifetime!

#ShapingUs Symposium