Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester
Diane Hawkins

since 4 July 2022
Inaugural holderSir William Downward
1 April 1974
Formation1 April 1974

The Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester is the representative of the monarch, King Charles III in the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester in North West England.[1] As Greater Manchester remains part of the Lancashire County Palatine, the Lord Lieutenant is appointed by the monarch in their capacity as Duke of Lancaster.

The office was created on 1 April 1974.[1] Before 1974 the area had been covered by the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, and a small part by the Lord Lieutenant of the West Riding of Yorkshire. The role of the Lord Lieutenant is to "first and foremost ... to uphold the dignity of the Crown".[1] The Lord Lieutenant also acts as Keeper of the Rolls.[1] It also promoted the work of voluntary service and benevolent organisations.

The Lord Lieutenant is aided in his office by over seventy deputy lieutenants.[1]

List of lords-lieutenant of Greater Manchester

No. Lord lieutenant From Until
1 Sir William Downward 1 April 1974 27 January 1988[2]
2 Col. Sir John Bradford Timmins 27 January 1988 11 July 2007[3]
3 Sir Warren James Smith 11 July 2007 4 July 2022[4]
4 Diane Hawkins 4 July 2022 present

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "What is the Greater Manchester Lieutenancy?". gmlo.org. Retrieved 5 May 2008.
  2. ^ The Lord-Lieutenants Order 1973 (1973/1754)
  3. ^ London Gazette, issue no.51228, 2 February 1988
  4. ^ "No. 58395". The London Gazette. 18 July 2007. p. 10329.