Current High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire Veronica Pickering named as next Lord-Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire in succession to Sir John Peace
The current High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire is to succeed Sir John Peace as Lord-Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire.
Mrs Veronica Moraa Pickering has been appointed by His Majesty The King as His Lord-Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire in succession to Sir John Peace, who will step down in March 2024, after long and distinguished service to the county.
Veronica said: “It is an honour and a privilege for me to have been appointed by His Majesty The King as the next Lord-Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire, and a great opportunity to further showcase the people and communities of our great county.”
Veronica, the current High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, is a former UK social worker and children's guardian and was an international child protection consultant for the UN and many non government-organisations across Africa, supporting vulnerable people and their families.
In 2022 she was awarded the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear for service to Kenya by the President.
She now works as an executive coach and partnership specialist with a number of companies and organisations across the UK.
She is also a strong supporter of the arts and wildlife charities, is a trustee of the RSPB and Nottinghamshire YMCA, and ambassador for The Woodland Trust and UK RAF Museums, a visiting Professor to Lincoln International Business School and is the first black woman to be appointed the Royal Air Force Honorary Air Commodore for 504 County of Nottingham Squadron.
Veronica is married to the Nottinghamshire-born artist Roy Pickering. They have two adult children and live near Nottingham.
Sir John Peace said: “On behalf of the people of Nottinghamshire, I would like to congratulate Veronica on this prestigious appointment and wish her a very successful and enjoyable term of office as the next Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire in the service of the people in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.”
Veronica will formally take up the role on March 3, 2024.