Famous Bedfordians

Welcome to Community Life’s very own Who’s Who. How many of the names and faces below do you recognise? Is your name on the list?

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Famous Names From History

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Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis

The office of the Lord-Lieutenant of a county is appointed by the Crown by “Letters Patent” under the Great Seal and the encumbant is the Queen’s permanent representative of the Crown in that county. The post was originally created to manage a county’s armed forces, but nowadays the Lord-Lieutenant’s duties are mainly ceremonial.

The Lord-Lieutenant does however still retain the traditional right of recommending the Commission of the Peace for the County. Lord-Lieutenants undertake a wide range of voluntary activity, championing and connecting local voluntary organisations and activities. Bedfordshire’s Lord-Lieutenant is Helen Nellis and her formal title is: “Her Majesty’s Lieutenant of and in the County of Bedfordshire”. When addressing the Lord-Lieutenant, one should use the address “Her Majesty’s Lieutenant” or “Lord-Lieutenant”.

Although the county is split into three separate and independent councils, The Lord-Lieutenant represents the whole of Bedfordshire.

She also represents each of the 6 MPS that cover Bedfordshire. In the royal charter, the Lord-Lieutenant of the county ranks higher than the Mayor, who is first citizen of the Borough. However, the customary protocol is to defer seniority to the Mayor when in Bedford.

The post of Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire was created by royal charter by Henry VIII in 1549 when William Parr, the 1st Marquess of Northampton was appointed. Helen Nellis is the 30th Lord-Lieutenant and the first female to hold the post in 463 years. Helen has lived in the county for 30 years and her career has covered the health, education and commercial sectors. She has also worked as a barrister. Helen Nellis has held multiple chairmanships including chairman of Bedfordshire Health Authority, vice-chairman of the University of Luton, vice chairman of the University of Bedfordshire, and chairman of Bedford Hospital Trust. Her charity and community work include a stint in Ghana, where she helped support health, education and farming programmes vital to the future of the local community..
Helen is married to Professor Joe Nellis, a former vice-chancellor at the University of Cranfield, and who now works as director of community at Cranfield Business School.

Contact the Lord-Lieutenant

By letter :
Helen Nellis, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, c/o The Lieutenancy Office, Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Shefford, Bedfordshire, SG17 5TQ

Begin your letter ‘Dear Lord-Lieutenant’

Holders of the Bedfordshire Lieutenancy

2012: Helen Nellis
1991: Sir Samuel Whitbread KCVO JP
1978: Lieutenant Colonel Hanmer Cecil Hanbury
1957: Major Simon Whitbread
1943: Lieutenant Colonel Dealtry C Part
1936: George, 1st Baron Luke
1912: Samuel Howard Whitbread
1905: Beauchamp, 16th Baron St John
1861: Francis, 7th Earl Cowper
1859: Francis, 7th Duke of Bedford
1818: Thomas, 3rd Baron Grantham, afterwards 2nd Earl de Grey and 5th Baron Lucas
1771: John, 2nd Earl of Upper Ossory
1747: John, 4th Duke of Bedford
1740: Unknown
1711: Henry, 1st Duke of Kent
1701: Wriothesley, 2nd Duke of Bedford
1700: Lord Edward Russell during minority of Wriothesley, 2nd Duke of Bedford
1689: William, 5th Earl and 1st Duke of Bedford
1685: Thomas, 2nd Earl of Ailesbury
1667: Robert, 1st Earl of Ailesbury
1651: Post Not Held
1646: Henry, 10th Earl of Kent
1643: Oliver, 4th Baron St John of Bletso, 1st Earl Bolingbroke
1639: Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Cleveland
1629: Henry Grey, 8th Earl of Kent
1615: Charles Grey, 7th Earl of Kent
1586: Henry Grey, 6th Earl of Kent
1569: Unknown
1560: Oliver St John, 1st Baron St John of Bletso
1551: Unknown
1549: William Parr, 1st Marquess of Northampton

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The High Sheriff of Bedfordshire

The High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Colin Osborne

Colin Osborne Esq MBE

2 Leeds Smith Drive, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 1LU

Under Sheriff – Brian Hall LLB

Brian Hall LLB
Office of the Sheriff of Bedfordshire
6 Bedford Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 1EN

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