Ian Dudson appointed as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire

The Queen has been pleased to appoint Ian Dudson as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire to succeed Sir James Hawley when he retires on 28 March 2012.

Ian Dudson is an industrialist, whose family ceramics business has been based in Stoke-on-Trent for many generations. A recent High Sheriff, he is also a Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Keele University Council, Honorary President of the Douglas Macmillan Hospice, and a former trustee of Lichfield Cathedral. He is Chair of the Trustees of The Dudson Centre, which acts as a resource centre for voluntary groups.He was also a founding member of the local Enterprise Partnership Board. He has served as a Deputy Lieutenant for the last decade and was awarded a CBE for services to the ceramics industry in 2002.

Ian lives near Stoke-on-Trent with his wife, Jane, and has two daughters.

Speaking about his appointment, Mr. Dudson said

I am deeply honoured to have been appointed as Her Majesty The Queen’s Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire. I look forward to representing The Queen in the County of Staffordshire and in the City of Stoke-on-Trent

The modern responsibilities of Lord-Lieutenants include representing The Queen in the County, arranging visits of members of the Royal family, advising on honours nominations, promoting Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service and also Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and participating in civic, voluntary and social activities.

Sir James Hawley was appointed Lord-Lieutenant in 1993 and became a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in The Queen’s birthday honours in 2010. Sir James said

I am delighted that Ian Dudson is to be the next Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire. I am sure that Ian will represent The Queen in the County well, he is an active member of the community and has an extensive knowledge of the local commercial sector.

Staffordshire County Council Chief Executive and Clerk to the Lieutenancy Nick Bell said, 

We are delighted that Ian Dudson is to succeed Sir James Hawley, he will be an excellent ambassador for the County

Hanley Community Fire Station Official Opening Today

Hanley Community Fire Station will be officially opened by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Sir James Hawley KCVO today.

As part of the officially opening ceremony, the four men who came to the aid of neighbours during a house fire in Bentilee, Stoke-on-Trent in December last year will also receive Chief Fire Officer bravery awards (see notes to editor).
Between them, the men rescued Christopher Maskery and four children from the burning property and will each receive certificates from Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford on Friday, October 28th.

The official opening of Hanley Community Fire Station ceremony seemed a fitting time to award the brave members of the community who helped save the lives of others during the tragic house fire on Housefield Road in December last year.

All four men acted with astonishing bravery that day and their main concern was not for their own safety but for the safety of their neighbours and that is not something we could overlook.

This station is not simply a brighter, shinier version of what we already had here”“ this is truly a community facility that happens to have fire engines parked in the bays ““ something that local people are using for a range of activities.

We are extremely proud of the new station and more importantly what it means to the communities we serve. This building represents a completely new way for our services to be delivered and provides a model for others to follow in the future.

We’re delighted to welcome the Lord Lieutenant to officially open the station in a ceremony that is set to capture the community spirit evident in Stoke-on-Trent.

Firefighters moved into the new community fire station, which comes complete with state of the art training and professional development facilities, in July. The building has been designed to provide a range of facilities for the local community and partners to use, including a community meeting room, a dedicated area for student firefighters, a gym for supervised groups and a partnership area. The station is crewed around the clock and 41 firefighters are based at the station.

Community and partner groups interested in booking the free community room facilities at Hanley, which seat up to 60 people, should email northerncommunityrooms@staffordshirefire.gov.uk or ring 01785 898760. Slots are available weekdays from 9am ““ 10pm and at weekends from 9am ““ 5pm.