A NEW Vice Lord Lieutenant, Mr Graham Barker, has been appointed for the Royal County of Berkshire.

Her Majesty The Queen has given her approval to the appointment which was recommended by Mr James Puxley, the Lord Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire.

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Mr Barker, a HR Consultant in the charity sector, has been involved with a variety of local charities and organisations in Berkshire.

He is Vice President of the Berkshire Community Foundation, a Trustee for the Berkshire Care Trust (rehabilitation of offenders) and Deputy Director of the County Priory Berkshire for St John Ambulance.

Graham is a former High Sheriff of the County 2018 -2019.

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Graham and his wife, Joanna, have lived most of their married life in Bray in Berkshire.

The post of Vice Lord Lieutenant was introduced in 1882.

As the Queen’s representative in the County the Lord Lieutenant has many ceremonial and official duties, and is assisted in these duties by the Vice Lord Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants.