Lieutenancy area

This map shows the lieutenancy county boundaries of Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Kincardineshire. Each county has its own Lord-Lieutenant. Aberdeenshire is represented by James Ingleby, Banffshire by Mrs Oliver Russell (Clare) and Kincardineshire by Mrs Roderick Kinghorn (Carol). Aberdeen City is represented by The Lord Provost Mr George Adam.

How to nominate someone

The honours system recognises people who have:

  • made achievements in public life
  • committed themselves to serving and helping Britain

They’ll usually have made life better for other people or be outstanding at what they do.

Whether someone gets an honour - and the honour they get - is decided by an honours committee. The committee’s decisions go to the Prime Minister and then to the Queen, who awards the honour.

If you are aware of someone you feel may be a potential candidate for an Honours nomination, we would encourage you to make contact with your nearest Deputy Lieutenant who will be able to guide you in the next steps of the process.

Anyone can nominate someone for an honour. Forms are available from the HM Government website.

It is important to remember to include all good works performed by the nominee, not just the foremost reason. It is essential to source and submit several strong letters of recommendation from people who know at first-hand about the work which has caused the nomination to be made. The Lord-Lieutenant is involved in the honours process, therefore is unable to act as a referee.

A nomination will take about 18 months to pass through the vetting process, from the point it is submitted to the Cabinet Office. The nomination should be kept strictly confidential, to avoid disappointment should an application be unsuccessful. A finite number of awards are available for each honours list and therefore nominations are measured against submissions from across the nation. If a nomination proves unsuccessful, it is sometimes possible for the Lord-Lieutenant to arrange some other form of recognition, as a ‘thank you’ for exceptional service.

THE LIFE OF A NOMINATION  (the whole process can take up to 2 years)

Stage 1: Completed nomination forms are submitted to Honours Secretariat (HS). The nomination is viewed by HS who operate under UK Cabinet Office guidance.

Stage 2: Citation is written by HS and viewed by an independent assessor and Permanent Secretary.

Stage 3: HS send their list to The Cabinet Office.

Stage 4: The Cabinet Office sort the nominations and send them to the appropriate committee (they include Health, Science, Technology, Arts, State, Sport, Community...)

Stage 5: Separate Honours Committees agree a list for Main Honours Committee who make the final recommendation via the Prime Minister to HM The Queen.

Stage 6: HM The Queen gives formal approval and The Cabinet Office asks for factual checks after which the final list is supplied to HS offices the day before public announcement.