Michael Williams MBE has been appointed as the new Lord Lieutenant of East Lothian.
Mr Williams (67) of Eaglescairnie Farm, near Gifford, served in the Royal Tank Regiment for 20 years before settling with his family in East Lothian in 1986.
He has been a very keen adopter of conservation measures and is enthusiastic about a ‘sympathetic’ farming system and regularly opened his 350 acres arable farm to demonstrate good practice. He has been involved in a number of conservation organisations and was awarded the MBE for services to biodiversity, conservation and agriculture in East Lothian.
Michael was appointed as a deputy Lieutenant in 1997 before becoming Vice Lord Lieutenant in 2010. Following the death of his predecessor, Sir Garth Morrison in May 2013, Michael became the interim Lord Lieutenant for the county.
Commenting on his appointment Michael Williams said: “I am hugely honoured to take on the role of representing Her Majesty the Queen as Lord- Lieutenant for East Lothian. The county is a place which I am delighted to help promote and I look forward to meeting more local residents as part of my duties.”
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenants are the representatives of the Crown for each county in the United Kingdom.