The new Lord Lieutenant for South Yorkshire has said he has a ‘hard act to follow’ after his new role was confirmed today.
Downing Street announced that Andrew Coombe would take on the position of the Royal representative for the county yesterday, to replace current Lord Lieutenant David Moody.
Grandfather-of-four Mr Coombe, a retired chartered accountant and lawyer, lives in Sheffield and has a wide portfolio of charity work.
The chairman of the Sheffield Cathedral Council, aged 68, said: “It was a great surprise.
“I am humbled and honoured in equal measure.
“I will do my best to serve the Queen, the county of South Yorkshire and to build on the magnificent work of my predecessor.
“David Moody has done a superb job and will be a hard act to follow - I wish both him and his wife Sue a richly deserved, long and happy retirement.”
Mr Moody is to retire on April 7 as he has reached the age of 75 and must step down.
He has held the position since 2004.
Mr Moody, whose final major public event will be just days before his retirement when the Queen visits Sheffield Cathedral next month, said: “The announcement of Andrew Coombes’ appointment is splendid news for South Yorkshire.
“He is already well known to many people and has served his county with distinction as High Sheriff in 2011-2012.
“He will bring passion and commitment to the role, and his reach will extend across all communities.”
New deputy lieutenants for the county, who will support him on occasions such as Royal visits and attend ceremonical events, have also been announced.
They are Waheed Akhtar –a specialist in community partnerships and radio broadcaster and Professor Paul Wright, the deputy vice-chancellor of The University of Sheffield.