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About the Lord-Lieutenant

The Lord-Lieutenant is the Queen’s representative in the county. The Lord-Lieutenant is Michael Kapur OBE.

The Lord-Lieutenant is the Queen’s representative in the county. The Lord-Lieutenant is Michael Kapur OBE. Deputy Lieutenants and a Vice Lord-Lieutenant are also appointed to assist.

The Lord-Lieutenant is non-political. He promotes working together across voluntary services, business and cultural life.

The main duties are to:

  • Arrange visits of Members of the Royal Family and escort Royal visitors
  • Present medals and awards on behalf of Her Majesty
  • Participate in civic, voluntary and social activity
  • Liaise with local units of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force and their associated Cadet Forces

About the Lord-Lieutenant

The Lord Lieutenant speaking at an event

Mike Kapur is a leading Leicestershire businessman who remains a keen and active participant in developing and promoting the City and County he made his home 35 years ago. He has over two decades of successful Board Room experience in both private and public sector organisations. Mike is a Chartered Accountant, having had careers at both KPMG and Ernst & Young, before taking a role as Group Finance Director in industry. He is currently Founder & Director, Signum Corporate Communications; Chairman of the National Space Centre; and Chairman of the Leicester City Football Club Community Trust. 

Mike has always been a strong advocate of public service and is a Trustee of Warning Zone, National Forest Company, Derby College Group. Formerly, he was Chairman of the CBI’s SME Council, Deputy Chairman of both University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and De Montfort University, and a Trustee of Learning & Work Institute. 

Prior to becoming Lord-Lieutenant, he served as a Deputy Lieutenant from 2015 and in 2017 received an OBE for Services to Science, Technology, Business & Enterprise. 

As Lord-Lieutenant Mike is keen to promote volunteering, public duty, and education as a means to social mobility. 

Inviting the Lord-Lieutenant to your event

The Lord-Lieutenant attends many social occasions in support of the local community, civic, business and cultural life of the county and city. If the Lord-Lieutenant is unable to attend an event, he may be represented by his Vice Lord-Lieutenant or one of his Deputy Lieutenants.

If you would like to invite the Lord-Lieutenant to an event, please complete our online form

Please consider our guidance for event organisers hosting the Lord-Lieutenant when you are thinking of inviting him to an event:

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The Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants

The High Sheriff of Leicestershire

The office of High Sheriff of Leicestershire is also a royal appointment, with a particular link to the judiciary, law and order, but is separate from and should not be confused with the Lord-Lieutenant. 

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