On 4th August the Queen appointed Loudwater resident Robert Voss, on the advice of the Prime Minister, as ‘Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the County of Hertfordshire’, succeeding the Countess of Verulam who stepped down on 31 July 2017. Robert is due to hold the title for the next 10 years.
The role of Lord-Lieutenant is to be the British monarch’s personal representative in each county of the UK. Historically, the Lord-Lieutenant was responsible for organising the county’s militia but it is today a largely ceremonial position, usually awarded to a retired notable person in the county.
Robert has recently retired after a long and distinguished career in the metal industry, having also chaired the European Metal Federation in Brussels for 16 years. He has a special interest in young entrepreneurs, through his involvement with Hertfordshire Young Enterprise, as a venture partner investing in a number of young companies and as a trustee of the Young Person of the Year charity.
He also established a Young Entrepreneurs Challenge. He is a governor of The University of Hertfordshire and a member of the of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation survivors testimony committee. He was awarded the CBE in 2014 for “services to British Industry and voluntary work in the UK.”
Robert shared “I will be the first Lord Lieutenant of the county not born into the aristocracy (including the Queen’s first cousin and her uncle).”
There was little time to celebrate before carrying out his first duty which involved presenting 36 British Citizenship certificates on 7th August. Meetings and duties look to be plentiful thereafter – including welcoming The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Hertfordshire. He did however assure us that a bottle or two of champagne was opened that weekend. At last the good and mighty of Hertfordshire will know where Loudwater is when they get entertained at his home over the next decade!
Congratulations Robert on this impressive achievement!