New Representative Deputy Lieutenant appointed for Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

Martin Hislop has been appointed as the new Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

Father Martin has served as Chaplain to a number of Mayors of the Royal Borough and was appointed parish priest at St Luke’s Church in Kingston upon Thames in 2000. Community participation and advocacy has been an important part of his life and he has played an active role in church, ecumenical and interfaith relations. Having cared for both his parents at home in their final year’s, Father Martin is particularly concerned for the needs and rights of the vulnerable.

Father Martin emigrated with his parents to Australia in 1969 before returning to live and work in the United Kingdom. During his time Australia he worked at the Federal Department of Aboriginal Affairs and was a university lecturer during which he maintained a passionate interest and concern for social justice, equality, inclusion and education.

Deputy Lieutenants undertake a wide range of duties and engagements including representing the Lord-Lieutenant and participating in Citizenship Ceremonies, attending remembrance services and parades, and helping to assess local organisations nominated for awards and honours.

The new Deputy Lieutenant, Martin Hislop, said:

"I am both humbled and honoured to have been appointed a Representative Deputy Lieutenant to help represent Her Majesty the Queen. It’s a great privilege to take up this position and I look forward to taking up my new role and responsibilities in representing the many diverse communities in Kingston.”

Cllr Julie Pickering, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, said:

"It is a great pleasure to welcome Kingston’s new Representative Deputy Lieutenant, I am sure he will do an excellent job in representing the borough in his civic duties."

Deputy Lieutenants support the work and represent the Lord-Lieutenant, who is The Queen’s representative in each county. The office of Lord-Lieutenant is military in origin and can be traced back to the mid 16th Century. The Lieutenancy has evolved since the days of raising local militia and today, through the appointment of Deputy Lieutenants.