Lieutenancy in South Yorkshire

HM Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire

Andrew Coombe is Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire. 

He was appointed on 7 April 2015 and will remain in post until his 75th birthday on 5 November 2021. 

He is a former lawyer and retired chartered accountant, who spent most of his working life based in South Yorkshire. 

A former High Sheriff of South Yorkshire (2011-12), he had a broad portfolio of charitable work as a trustee of :

  • St Luke’s Hospice
  • Broomgrove Nursing Home
  • the Bluecoat Educational Trust
  • the Freshgate Foundation
  • Ashdell Preparatory School
  • Claremont Hospital
  • The University of Sheffield Students’ Union.

He is currently:

  • Chair of Sheffield Cathedral Council
  • President of RFCA (North East), South Yorkshire Community Foundation, The Royal British Legion South Yorkshire, and Sheffield Sea Cadets
  • Vice President of St Luke’s Hospice 

He is heavily involved in community cohesion and was a founder member of South Yorkshire Muslim Community Foundation. 

He is engaged in projects that are aimed at improving the aspirations of young people in South Yorkshire. He is also involved in reducing anti-social behaviour in communities within the urban areas of their county. 

Mr Coombe lives in Sheffield with his wife Sue. They have two grown-up children and four grandchildren.

Past Lord-Lieutenants of South Yorkshire

  • 2004 – 2015 David B Moody CVO
  • 1996 – 2004 Richard A Lumley, 12th Earl of Scarbrough
  • 1985 – 1996 J Hugh Neill CBE TD 
  • 1974 – 1985 Gerard F Young CBE 

Prior to 1974, South Yorkshire constituted part of the West Riding of Yorkshire. 

Past Lord-Lieutenants of the West Riding of Yorkshire

The office of the Lord-Lieutenant of the West Riding of Yorkshire has been held by:

  • 1970 – 1974 Kenneth Hargreaves
  • 1948 – 1969 Lawrence Lumley, 11th Earl of Scarbrough
  • 1927 – 1947 Henry Lascelles, 6th Earl of Harewood
  • 1904 – 1927 Henry Lascelles, 5th Earl of Harewood
  • 1892 – 1904 Aldred Lumley, 10th Earl of Scarbrough
  • 1857 – 1892 William Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 6th Earl Fitzwilliam
  • 1846 – 1857 Henry Lascelles, 3rd Earl of Harewood
  • 1841 – 1845 James Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie, 1st Baron Wharncliffe
  • 1819 – 1841 Henry Lascelles, 2nd Earl of Harewood
  • 1798 – 1819 William Fitzwilliam, 4th Earl Fitzwilliam
  • 1782 – 1798 Charles Howard, 11th Duke of Norfolk
  • 1765 – 1782 Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquis of Rockingham
  • 1763 – 1765 Francis Hastings, 10th Earl of Huntingdon
  • 1751 – 1763 Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquis of Rockingham
  • 1733 – 1750 Thomas Watson-Wentworth, 1st Marquis of Rockingham
  • 1715 – 1733 Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington
  • 1704 – 1715 Henry Boyle, 1st Baron Carleton
  • 1699 – 1704 Charles Boyle, 2nd Earl of Burlington
  • 1689 – 1699 Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds
  • 1688 – 1689 Henry Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • 1688 – 1688 Lord Thomas Howard
  • 1679 – 1688 Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Burlington
  • 1674 – 1679 Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds
  • 1667 – 1674 George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham
  • 1667 – 1677 Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Burlington
  • 1661 - 1667 George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham
  • 1660 - 1661 Marmaduke Langdale, 1st Baron Langdale

Lord-Lieutenant's duties

  • Arranging visits by Members of the Royal Family, and receiving and escorting Royal Visitors as appropriate.
  • Presenting Honours and Awards on behalf of the Queen to individuals, voluntary groups and business organisations.
  • Performing certain duties in connection with armed forces of the Crown and, in particular, the reserve forces.
  • Participating in civic, voluntary and social events and encouraging charitable work and local initiatives within the County.