The post of Vice Lord-Lieutenant is appointed by the Lord-Lieutenant at his discretion, subject to the approval of Her Majesty The Queen. The Vice Lord-Lieutenant undertakes to assist the Lord-Lieutenant in the performance of his duties, also standing in when the Lord-Lieutenant is absent, sick or otherwise unable to act. The Vice Lord-Lieutenant for The West Midlands is Dr Beverly Lindsay OBE OD. Beverly is the founder and general manager of Diamond Travel one of Birmingham’s leading independent travel agencies.
Beverly was born in St. Thomas, Jamaica and came to Birmingham as a young teenager to complete her Secondary Education. She started her career in nursing and midwifery and after leaving nursing she worked as a Senior Community Worker in Handsworth Birmingham and also worked in the financial services before establishing Diamond Travel in 1987.
Throughout Beverly’s career and the building of her travel agent business, Beverly has always found the time and energy to provide a selfless service to the development of her local community and her beloved country – Jamaica. Over the years, this has been borne out by the many initiatives, organisations and events that Beverly has either been the founder of or has been instrumental in its creation – many of which still exist and provide vital services and support to the community.
Beverly is a celebrated mentor, champion and supporter of the African Caribbean community not only in Birmingham but throughout the UK and internationally. Her success in business, aligned with her longstanding support for the local community, has resulted in her receiving many awards in appreciation of her outstanding work. Beverly became a member of the Rotary Club of Birmingham in 1997 and served as the President during 2012/2013, the first African-Caribbean woman president in almost a hundred years’ history of the Rotary Club of Birmingham.
In July 2017 Beverly received two honorary doctorates from Aston University and Birmingham City University. Beverly is a committed Christian and is a longstanding member of the New Testament Church of God in George Street, Handsworth Birmingham. Beverly was appointed as Vice Lord-Lieutenant in July 2017 for a three-year term.