Number Ten Downing Street has announced that The Queen has appointed Thomas David Briggs MBE DL as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for the County of Cheshire to succeed Sir William Bromley Davenport KCVO when he retires on 7 March 2010.
Briggs (pictured with his family outside Buckingham Palace after receiving the MBE), widely known to the MI trade as David and the managing director of the Dawsons Music MI retail chain, is also the MD of Maxilin, was the High Sheriff of Cheshire in 2006-07 and has for many years been involved in a number of charitable activities. He has been involved with St John Ambulance for 35 years and is currently Cheshire Chairman of the Council of the Order of St John. He was made a Commander of the Order of St John in 1996. He is on the management committee of The Warrington Youth Club, having been its chairman for 24 years. Briggs is a member of the Northwest Leadership Team of The Princes Trust and has been a Deputy Lieutenant since 2003.
The role of Lord-Lieutenant, while being a vice-regal position, is today largely a ceremonial role, although it does include a variety of responsibilities, including arranging visits of members of the Royal family and escorting royal visitors, presenting medals and awards on behalf of the Sovereign and advising on honours nominations, participating in civic, voluntary and social activities within the lieutenancy, liaising with local units of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force and their associated cadet forces, leading the local magistracy as chairman of the Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace, and chairing the local Advisory Committee for the Appointment of the General Commissioners of Income Tax, a tribunal which hears appeals against decisions made by the HM Revenue and Customs on a variety of different tax related matters.