Westside heralds appointment of favourite historian Carl Chinn as King’s representative

Westside BID today praised the royal appointment of Professor Carl Chinn as a new Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands.

Prof Chinn – who regularly supports events on Westside with his popular history presentations – will now assist the current Lord Lieutenant Sir John Crabtree in several ways, including attending on royalty during official visits to the county.

The Lord Lieutenant and his deputies are King Charles III’s personal representatives in the West Midlands, one of them regularly attending citizenship ceremonies, supporting the armed forces, encouraging charities, volunteers and community initiatives.

Mike Olley, general manager of Westside BID, said: “What a great appointment for Prof Chinn to be serving as a Deputy Lieutenant. I can’t think of anyone in public life who deserves this honour any more than Carl, who brings such knowledge and prestige to every event he attends.

“Doing this on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant, who in turn acts on behalf of King Charles III, will be a great asset for both the Crown and the West Midlands.”

Prof Chinn’s new role will also see him active in promoting and encouraging nominations for honours and for the King’s Awards for the County of the West Midlands.

Prof Chinn is one of nine new Deputy Lieutenants appointed, with backgrounds ranging from sport and social history to health, business and tackling accessibility and inclusion.

The new appointments bring the total number of Deputy-Lieutenants in the West Midlands to 68. The full list of the new Deputies and their backgrounds can be seen in this report: https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/dudley/2023/04/14/local-leaders-given-honour-of-royal-appointment/

Sir John Crabtree OBE said: “These nine appointments coincide with the start of King Charles III’s reign and come at an exciting time for the West Midlands region as it builds its position on the national and world stage, following last year’s highly successful Commonwealth Games.”

“As the second largest lieutenancy in England and Wales and home to nearly three million residents, the enthusiasm and additional reach of these excellent new Deputy Lieutenants will complement the great work of my existing team and I look forward to working with them.”

The West Midlands Lieutenancy comprises Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton. It was established in 1974.


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