It’s Lord-Lieutenant depute joy for Chris

A Crieff man has been appointed as one of the Lord-Lieutenant’s 12 deputies representing the Crown in Perth and Kinross.

Major Chris McIntosh will assist Lord-Lieutenant Stephen Leckie in his role as the Queen’s representative for the area.

The new Deputy Lieutenant was officially appointed on Tuesday.

Major McIntosh is a well-known figure in the Strath capital, having served on the community council for five years.

He was also involved with the preparation and ballot in 2015 for Crieff’s Business Improvement District (BID) – now known as Crieff Succeeds.

And he was chair of Friends of MacRosty Park for three years, assisting in the substantial fundraising effort to bring all ability play equipment to the flagship park.

Major McIntosh is also a trustee of the Crieff and Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst and a member of the Crieff Branch of the SSPCA.

He admitted he was surprised and delighted to be invited to take on the role and was looking forward to actively participating.

Major McIntosh said: “It is a great honour and privilege to be appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for Perthshire.

“I am looking forward to working with Stephen, and in particular to nominating people in the community for honours and letters of commendation for their good works, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Married to Claire, who works part-time at the House of Tartan and Valentines in Crieff, Major McIntosh spent his early life in Glasgow, where his father commanded a local Territorial Army regiment. Thereafter, there were many overseas postings for the family, particularly in Africa.

Chris has a degree in economics and after three years working in corporate advertising in London, he too joined the army, graduating from Sandhurst in 1977.

Postings to airborne and commando units followed and after 19 years he decided to leave the regular army and seek a secondary career in banking IT, which lead to him managing data centres both in the UK and overseas.

He remained with the army reserves for a further 13 years – when he was obliged to retire in 2013, at the age of 60.

Deputy Lieutenants are commissioned by each Lord-Lieutenant, subject to confirmation by the Secretary of State that the Queen does “not disapprove of the appointment”.

Mr Leckie said: “I am delighted to appoint Chris as a Deputy Lieutenant.

“I’ve known and worked with Chris for a number of years on the Crieff Community Council, the MacRosty Park in Crieff and a number of other local initiatives in Strathearn as Chris is very active in this area.

“Chris will be a great addition to the Lieutenancy for Perth and Kinross. He will be the 12th Deputy Lieutenant and it is good to have so many deputies to uphold the dignity of the monarch.”

 

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