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His Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire

Mrs Johanna Ropner

Jo Ropner

Jo Ropner has been the Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, the Sovereign's representative in the county, since 2018. Jo is a successful businesswoman who has considerable involvement in the voluntary and charitable sectors across North Yorkshire and beyond.

Jo has been a Trustee of the Rank Foundation since June 2005; she became Chair of the Grants Committee in 2016 and is responsible for the allocation of funds to community and social programmes throughout the UK. She is a trustee of the Yorkshire Children’s Hospital Fund and Patron of many other local charities.

She is Vice-President of both the Yorkshire & Humber and the North of England Reserve Forces and Cadets’ Associations, County President of North Yorkshire Scouts and ambassador for Girlguiding in the North East.

Jo is also involved with her family-owned business at Camp Hill near Bedale, which offers a variety of glamping stays. Jo graduated from Newcastle University with an honours degree in Agriculture and lives in Kirklington near Bedale with her husband Robert. They have three adult children.

Role & Responsibilities

The post of Lord-Lieutenant of a county is an honorary appointment, whose origin dates back to Henry VIII. Lord-Lieutenants are the Monarch’s representatives in their Lieutenancy. It is their prime duty to uphold the dignity of the Crown, and in so doing they seek to promote a spirit of co-operation and good atmosphere through the support and time they give to voluntary and benevolent organisations and by the interest they take in the business and social life of their counties.

The responsibilities of the Lord-Lieutenant include:

  • Arranging visits by members of the Royal Family and escorting Royal Visitors
  • Presenting medals and awards on behalf of the Sovereign, and advising on Honours nominations
  • Participating in civic, voluntary and social activities within the Lieutenancy
  • Acting as liaison with local units of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force and their associated cadet forces
  • Leading the local magistracy as chairman of the Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace

As the Sovereign’s representative in her county, the Lord-Lieutenant remains non-political and does not hold office in any political party. The post is unpaid and Lord-Lieutenant’s retire at the age of 75.

The Lord-Lieutenant appoints a Vice Lord-Lieutenant from amongst the Deputies, who assumes responsibility if the Lord-Lieutenant is unavailable. The Lord-Lieutenant is also supported by a number of Deputy Lieutenants that he or she appoints. The number of Deputy Lieutenants is in proportion to the population of the county, and Deputy Lieutenants also retire at 75.