About the Perth and Kinross Lieutenancy

Appointment of new Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants

His Majesty The King has approved the appointment of Alex Cairncross as the new Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross following the retiral of Major David Noble.

Major Noble served as a Deputy Lieutenant from 2009 until October 2021 when he was appointed as Vice Lord-Lieutenant. Having reached the retiral age of 75, David steps down this weekend from the Lieutenancy.

Alex was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant in 2016 by Brigadier Sir Mel Jamieson KCVOCBECStJ. She led The Queen’s Green Canopy, a tree planting initiative to celebrate Her Late Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and enjoys working with organisations who apply for The King’s Award for Voluntary Service and encouraging companies to achieve The King’s Award for Enterprise. Alex is Chairman of The Jimmie Cairncross Charitable Trust, Ambassador for Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust and Patron of Perth Drama Club. In 2023, Alex became one of the first ladies to join The Society of High Constables of the City of Perth and also The Guildry Incorporation of Perth.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross, Stephen Leckie Esq, said “David has been key member of the Lieutenancy for 15 years, giving generously of his time, primarily looking after Honours but also playing a significant role in the day-to-day running of the Lieutenancy. He will be greatly missed for his valuable knowledge and experience and I hope he enjoys a long, happy retirement. I look forward to working with Alex, for the benefit of the citizens of Perth and Kinross and wish her well in her new role.”

Three new Deputy Lieutenants have also been appointed by the Lord-Lieutenant, each honoured for their contribution to the county and nation. Their diverse knowledge and experience will be utilised in duties supporting him and the Crown. These include greeting and accompanying members of The Royal Family during official visits, promoting and supporting with Honours and King’s Awards nominations, officiating at Diamond weddings, 100th birthday celebrations and citizenship ceremonies, and assisting with Royal Garden Party invitations. The Lieutenancy of Perth and Kinross consists of the Lord-Lieutenant, Vice Lord-Lieutenant and 16 Deputy Lieutenants.

Brigadier Mark Dodson MBE

Mark Dodson had a 36-year Army career, serving across the UK and around the world. Since leaving the Army, he has been Chief Executive of Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association delivering a range of services for the reserve and cadet forces.  In recent years he has been President of the Army Cadet Forces Charitable Trust (Scotland) and a trustee of the Highland Cadet Forces Trust.  He is Honorary Colonel of Aberdeen Universities’ Officer Training Corps and an officer in The King’s Bodyguard for Scotland, The Royal Company of Archers. Married, with four children, Mark lives near Coupar Angus. In his spare time, he plays club cricket, golf and works his gundog.

Morris Leslie Esq

Morris Leslie is a landowner and farmer in Perthshire and Angus He is also the Founder and Managing Director of the Morris Leslie Group, set up almost 50 years ago and spans plant hire, property and auction sectors. He is a supporter of a number of local charities including Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance, Children’s Hospices Across Scotland, and the UK Men Shed Association and is also a joint co-ordinator of Perth and Kinross’s fundraising for Ukraine Appeal. Morris is married to Joyce and is a keen collector and restorer of classic cars and vehicles.

Duncan Gordon Esq

Duncan Gordon grew up in Blair Atholl, and while at university, was selected into the University Air Squadon (RAF Reserve), receiving 3 years of world-class flying training, which allowed him to pursue his love of flying. He now splits his time between his family businesses in Scotland whilst continuing his career as an Investment Director in London. He holds a number of charitable and private Trusteeships, is involved in deer management and has a passion for sustaining the livelihoods for those in the rural sector and in his local community. Duncan is married to Georgie, and they have 3 young children. He is also the Adjutant of the Atholl Highlanders.

Stephen Leckie Esq, The Lord-Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross, said “I am delighted to welcome Mark, Morris and Duncan to the Lieutenancy. With their knowledge, varied interests and community contacts, they will further enhance our team of Deputy Lieutenants, who act as the eyes and ears throughout our county.”

The Lieutenancy is always pleased to hear from people who wish to nominate individuals for an Honour, such as a BEM or MBE.

Applications for The King’s Award for Enterprise will be invited from May. KAE are the highest official UK awards for British businesses and recognise outstanding achievement in international trade, innovation, sustainable development or promoting opportunity (through social mobility).  Awards are valid for 5 years.

The King’s Award for Voluntary Service highlights the fantastic work of voluntary groups. Equivalent to an MBE, KAVS is the highest Award given to local voluntary groups in the UK and they are awarded for life. If you know of a group worthy of recognition, please let us know.

The Lieutenancy of Perth and Kinross may be contacted by email lordlieutenancy@pkc.gov.uk or by telephone 01738 475009.

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