Carol Malia and Kathryn Tickell become Deputy Lieutenants of Northumberland

Northumberland's Lord Lieutenant, the Duchess of Northumberland, has appointed Carol Malia and Kathryn Tickell as her deputies

Carol Malia
Carol Malia

TV presenter Carol Malia and folk musician Kathryn Tickell have been appointed Deputy Lieutenants of Northumberland.

The duo will support and assist the Duchess of Northumberland in her position as Lord Lieutenant - the Queen’s official representative for the county.

Deputy lieutenants are chosen by the Lord Lieutenant, but they receive their commission only when official confirmation is received that the Queen does not ‘disapprove of the appointment.’

They must live within the county, or within seven miles of the boundary, and they usually retain the role until the retirement age of 75.

As a news presenter for BBC Look North, Carol is a well known and popular figure.

She was raised in the North East and has spent most of her working life in the region.

A mother of two, she has filled a range of charitable roles including trustee for Bravehearts North East and patron for Northumbria Blood Bikes.

Kathryn is also from the North East and has had a distinguished career as an award winning, professional musician, composer and lecturer.

She was the founder of a young musicians fund which helps youths in the North East to realise their musical potential.

Kathryn is also an ambassador for youth music.

The duchess said: “Both Carol and Kathryn have made significant contributions to local life, are well known and have deep roots within the community.

“I know they will contribute wonderfully, in their own individual way, to the role.

“I welcome their support and look forward to working with them.”

The Duchess of Northumberland
The Duchess of Northumberland

The duo will join the existing group of deputy lieutenants, which include Alan Shearer, cricketer Steve Harmison and former boxer Glenn McCrory.

The duchess has been the Queen’s ceremonial representative for Northumberland since 2009 and is the first woman to have been Lord Lieutenant of the county.

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