The Queen has appointed Toby Dennis as the next Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire.
Mr Dennis will succeed the current Lord-Lieutenant Tony Worth CVO on February 23.
A former High Sheriff of Lincolnshire, Mr Dennis, 60, has run a range of family businesses in the county, including farming and land management, for the last 40 years. He is Honorary Colonel of The Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force, a member of Lincoln Cathedral Fabric Fund Committee, a patron of the Lincolnshire Rural Support Network and a former member of the committee of the Lincolnshire Branch of Country Land and Business Association. Mr Dennis lives near Lincoln with his wife, Sarah, daughter and twin sons.
He said: “The role of the Lord-Lieutenant is one that I have respected with due reverence to its importance within the county. To be able to be Her Majesty’s representative is, of course, most humbling and a great honour. I am following in the footsteps of Tony Worth who has carried through his time in office dignity and devotion which I hope I can emulate.”
Mr Worth said: “It has been my honour, privilege and pleasure to be the Lord-Lieutenant of this historic county. My wife, Jenny, and I have been received with such genuine warmth and pleasantness wherever we have been that we have always felt welcome. Whether the occasion was a royal visit, a reception, an award presentation, a dinner or lunch, a visit to a factory, a military establishment or voluntary organisation, where those who run them are largely unrecognised heroes. I am delighted that Toby Dennis will be taking on the role of Lord-Lieutenant on my retirement. The county will remember him from his recent tenure as High Sheriff. He will perform the role with enthusiasm and dignity, and will be well supported by his wife, Sarah. I wish them both well.”