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Chair David McGovern honoured as Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester

Published: 07 April 2016 Tags: David McGovern, Chair, Deputy Lieutenant, Greater Manchester By John Walding

David McGovern, Chair of LGBT Foundation, has been appointed as Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester.

He was selected to receive the prestigious honour by Lord-Lieutenant Warren Smith, after decades of work with charities and local communities.

David will be stepping down as Chair of the charity in October this year after 10 years of service. He has been a volunteer with LGBT Foundation for thirteen years, starting work on the national Helpline in 2003. In the time since he has become a Trustee, briefly serving as the Company Secretary, before going on to be elected as Chair of the Board in 2007. David has over thirty years of experience in both the public and non-profit sectors, with the later fifteen of these at a senior level.

Lord-Lieutenant Warren Smith said: "David is an outstanding representative of the LGBT community and plays an important part in the life of our county."

The Lord-Lieutenant is appointed as a representative of Her Majesty The Queen and is supported by the Deputy Lieutenants that he appoints. Deputy Lieutenants undertake various tasks, such as attending civic ceremonies, making cheque presentations and giving talks.

David, who was born and bred in Salford, was 'surprised' to receive the letter from Lord-Lieutenant Warren Smith inviting him to take up the role of Deputy Lieutenant.

Chair of LGBT Foundation David McGovern said: "I'm honoured to have been asked to become a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, to represent my community and LGBT Foundation. I feel that it's immensely important to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people living across Greater Manchester have their voices heard so they are represented in the heart of the community.

"I'm really sad to be standing down as Chair of LGBT Foundation, but I'm still pleased to be involved as a representative of the LGBT community and I'm delighted to carry on my passion for LGBT equality in this new role."

David has volunteered as a Magistrate in Salford, supported charities, worked with Local Authorities on various projects and has been heavily involved in local community projects in Salford. He is currently a Senior Manager in the housing sector and is a recognised expert on governance and organisation improvement and development.

Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive of LGBT Foundation, said: "We are absolutely delighted that David has been recognised in this way and it's an absolute testament to the amazing dedication that he's shown to the LGBT community over the last decade. As David prepares to leave us at the end of October, it's great to know that LGBT equality will continue to feature in his new role at the heart of Greater Manchester's ceremonial activities. It's brilliant that one of the Deputy Lieutenants of Greater Manchester is an out gay man."

A special Outstanding Achievement Heroes award was also presented to David at LGBT Foundation's Heroes Awards earlier this year. The award was given in recognition of his outstanding contribution towards improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.

In 2010, he was awarded an Honorary Degree by The University of Salford for his work on LGBT issues and named Charity Chair of the Year at The Third Sector National Awards in 2013.

Deputy Lieutenants are chosen in recognition of their contribution to local, county or national life. DLs, as they are often known, have not only made a valuable contribution to the community in the past but by their appointment agree to help and work within the county until the age of 75.