Lieutenancy Team

The Banffshire Lieutenancy Team is made up of the Lord-Lieutenant, the Vice-Lieutenant, eight Deputy Lieutenants and the Clerk to the Lieutenancy.


Mr Andrew Simpson, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Banffshire

Andrew Simpson was appointed by The Queen as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Banffshire in August 2019, succeeding Mrs Clare Russell, CVO.  He was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Banffshire in 2017.

Andrew was educated at University College School, Hampstead, and The University of Aberdeen, graduating in 1979 with a BD and in 1980 with a Postgraduate Certificate of Education.

Andrew's professional background is in education.  His first role was as Teacher of Religious and Moral Education, Turriff Academy and subsequently he became head of the department. Shortly after he became Staff Tutor in Grampian Region and was later promoted to Assistant Head Teacher and Deputy Head posts in Aberdeenshire and Moray.  He was appointed as Head Teacher of Elgin High School in 2003 and led the school until his retirement in 2016.  He currently works part-time as a Staff Tutor in the School of Education at The University of Aberdeen.

Andrew has held numerous roles within the local community, including Session Clerk at Macduff Parish Church, and is a past president of the Banff Rotary Club. He has served on national committees of the Church of Scotland and is Convener of Mission Committee, Presbytery of Buchan.

In his spare time he enjoys swimming, hill walking, genealogy, local history, reading, international affairs and golf.

Andrew is married to Louise and they live have lived in Banff since 1981.

The Lord-Lieutenant


Vice Lord-Lieutenant

Mrs Patricia Seligman, DL, Her Majesty's Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Banffshire

Patricia Seligman was born in Calcutta, India and attended school in Darjeeling until the age of 8.  Thereafter she was educated in the UK, spending most holidays with her grandparents in Inverness-shire.

She studied at the Edinburgh College of Speech and Drama and gained an LRAM (Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music).  She taught at schools in Edinburgh and at the Edinburgh College.

Patricia married Nigel Seligman in 1969, and they lived in Edinburgh and the Borders before moving to Banff in 1974 where Nigel was a Chartered Accountant. 

Patricia has been involved in a number of local charities and associations.  These included the farming partnership at Home Farm of Clunie, where the Seligmans moved in 1991.  Patricia has been involved in Trinity and Alvah Church, Banff and Marnoch New Church, Aberchirder.  She was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Banffshire in 2002.

Patrica and Nigel have a daughter and three grandchildren in Edinburgh, and a son and three grandchildren in New Zealand.  Family holidays are mainly spent skiiing in France and Switzerland, and visiting Singapore and New Zealand.


Deputy Lieutenants

Mrs Valerie Cheyne, DL


Mrs Priscilla Gordon-Duff, DL

Drummuir, Keith 

Mrs Patricia Lawson, DL


Mr Alan McIntosh, BEM, DL


Patricia Lawson

There are eight Deputy Lieutenants, representing different communities and area of Banffshire.

Mrs Frances McKay, DL


Frances McKay

Mr Charles Milne, DL


Charles Milne

Brigadier Hughie Monro, CBE, DL   Ballindalloch


Mr Vinay Ruparelia, MBE, DL


Vinay Ruparelia

Retired members

Retired members of the Banffshire Lieutenancy Team continue to support activities and events in the Banffshire Lieutenancy area.

Mrs Clare Russell, CVO

Clare Russell was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for Banffshire in 1991, becoming Vice Lord Lieutenant in 1998.  In 2002, she succeeded James A.S. McPherson, CBE, holding the position of Banffshire's first lady Lord Lieutenant until 2019.

Clare was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) by The Queen in the 2017 Birthday Honours for her services as Lord-Lieutenant.

See also History of the Lieutenancy

Clare Russell [2].jpg

Professor Ashley Mowat, LVO, DL, FRCP, FRCPE, FRCPGlas

Ashley Mowat was Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, 1975–2008; Professor in Medicine at Aberdeen University Medical School, 2002–08; and Physician to the Queen in Scotland, 2001–08.

He was appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order by The Queen in 2009.

He was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant in Banffshire in 2013, serving to 2018.

Professor Mowat resides in Cullen, where he is actively involved in the community, including the Three Harbours Association and popular and thriving Cullen Sea School.

Ashley Mowat.png

Mr Jim Walker, CBE, DL

Jim Walker is joint managing director, alongside his brother Joe, of the iconic Walker's Shortbread Ltd.  Through a long and distinguished career in the food industry, Jim has helped develop his grandfather’s Aberlour-based company into the largest family-owned biscuit manufacturer in the UK.  The company holds several Royal Warrants, By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen.

Jim was appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE), for services to the Food Industry, in 1998.

He was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant in Banffshire in 1998, serving to 2019.

Jim Walker

Clerk to the Lieutenancy

Mr Roddy Burns, Clerk to the Lieutenancy of Banffshire

Roddy Burns is Chief Executive of Moray Council.



Chief Executive's Office

The Moray Council

Council Offices, High Street


Moray IV30 1BX


Telephone: 01343 563520

Hours: 8:45am-5:00pm Monday-Friday