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Antrim Lieutenancy

Deputy Lieutenants

The Lord-Lieutenant appoints Deputy Lieutenants (DLs) to support them. They are entitled to use the post-nominal “DL” during their appointment. They are often referred to as the “eyes and ears” of the County.
 
The number of DLs that a Lord-Lieutenant can appoint depends on the size of the County. DLs can be appointed for either a set period, as determined by their commission received on appointment, or until their 75th birthday, when they have to retire. Any DL who retires may, at the Lord-Lieutenant’s discretion, continue to use the post-nominal letters “DL”.

There are currently 25 DLs in County Antrim.

They are listed here, along with their location:

Mrs Jane Allen, DL

Mrs Jane Allen, DL

Broughshane

Jane was appointed a DL in 2022.  She is the founder of Jane’s Kitchen in Broughshane. In 2020, the business purchased the Magheramorne Estate near Larne which is being run as a wedding and hospitality venue. 

Jane is currently vice-chairperson of the Governors of Ballymena Academy.

Jane lives at Magheramorne and is married with grown up children.

The Earl of Antrim, DL

The Earl of Antrim, DL

Glenarm

Randal McDonnell, Earl of Antrim, was appointed a DL of County Antrim in 2013.

He graduated with an MA from Oxford University in 1989 and subsequently pursued a career in asset management. He has worked at Sarasin & Partners LLP since 1998, where he has been Chairman of the Partnership since 2008.

Randal is the resident and custodian of his family home Glenarm Castle, which became his responsibility in 1992. Over the past 20+ years Randal has successfully regenerated the Glenarm Castle Estate and developed its Walled Garden, visitor facilities and his prized herd of Beef Shorthorn cattle. The Estate now holds numerous events throughout the year, the largest of which is the 

Dalriada Festival. Randal is also Chairman of Glenarm Organic Salmon and Patron of the annual NIO Glenarm Festival of Voice.

Randal succeeded to the Earldom in 2021 and has been married to Aurora since 2004 and they have 2 children: Alexander & Helena.

Colonel Dr Stephen Bailie, TD, DL

Colonel Dr Stephen Bailie, TD, DL, MB, MRCGP, DRCOG, DPH

Portrush

Stephen was appointed a DL in 2011. Dr Bailie works in General Practice in Portrush and is a Medical Adviser and Clinical Director in Urgent Unscheduled Care in Belfast.

Dr Bailie is retired from HM Forces after 38 years having served in the Regular and Reserve Forces. As a full Colonel, he was Commanding Officer of 204 North Irish Field Hospital in Belfast. 

Both Dr Bailie and his wife have been involved in the Royal British Legion in the area and he has travelled widely all over the world with the War Graves Pilgrimage Department

Dr Bailie was educated at Coleraine Academical Institution and lives in Portrush with his wife Valerie. They have two daughters Catherine and Sharon.

The Hon. Christopher Brooke, DL

The Hon. Christopher Brooke, DL 

Galgorm

Christopher was appointed a DL in 1995. He was involved in the security industry for many years, ten of which were spent as a security advisor with the Royal Office in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. 

In 1990, he returned to Northern Ireland to develop Galgorm Castle Estate. The estate includes business parks, Garden Centre and a championship golf complex, which has hosted 10 European Tour events, among them the Northern Ireland Open and the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. 

He is Chairman of Tourism Ireland and a Vice President of the RNLI.

Christopher’s other interests include the development of tourist accommodation and associated facilities on the Ashbrooke and Colebrooke estates in Co. Fermanagh. 

Christopher sends his time between Galgorm and Fermanagh. He is married and has adult children. He is the younger brother of the Viscount Brookeborough, KG, Lord-Lieutenant of County Fermanagh.

Mrs Kathryn Collie, DL

Mrs Kathryn Collie, DL

Ballymena

Kathryn was appointed a DL in 2023. She studied Law at Cambridge and Guildford Law School. She trained in London and returned home in 1998. Her specialty is Commercial Law and she is currently a Partner at Cleaver Fulton and Rankin, Belfast. She has been Head of the Commercial Property team and Chair of the Partners Group. She has been actively involved in many of the redevelopment schemes delivered in NI over the last 25 years.

She is a Representative on the Board of Governors of Ballymena Academy, her old school and was for many years on the Committee of the Past Pupils Association, of which she was Chair for 2 years.

Kathryn lives in Ballymena and is married to Alan, with two grown up children.

Mrs Jacqui Dixon, MBE, DL

Mrs Jacqui Dixon, MBE, DL

Ballyrobert

Jacqui was appointed a DL in 2024. She was employed in local government in Northern Ireland for almost 25 years and for almost 15 years of that time was Chief Executive of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and the legacy Newtownabbey Borough Council. She retired from Local Government in October 2023 and was awarded an MBE for services to Local Government and the Community in 2023.

She was also awarded the Freedom of the Borough by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council in October 2023 in recognition of outstanding service to the Council and special contribution to the development of Antrim and Newtownabbey.

Jacqui volunteers as a Trustee to the Ulster Society for the Education of the Deaf and Blind and is a member of the Board of Governors for Jordanstown Schools

Jacqui lives in Ballyrobert. She is married to the Reverend Campbell Dixon MBE and has one adult child.

Colonel Stewart Douglas, OBE, DL

Colonel Stewart Douglas, OBE, DL

Bushmills

Stewart was appointed a DL in 2018 not long after he and his wife returned home to Northern Ireland.  

He joined Queen’s University Officer training Corps in 1972 and Commissioned into the Regular Army on his birthday in 1976.  Thereafter he served in diverse military appointments within the United Kingdom and beyond, including Zimbabwe and Belize in the early 80’s, through tours of duty with The United Nations in Cyprus, The Balkans, and Sierra Leone, before retiring from the Army in 2007 after serving in Afghanistan.  Highlights of his career include a year spent with the Indian Defence Forces high in the Nilgiri Hills in South India, but undoubtedly the greatest was receiving an MBE from Her Late Majesty the Queen on his birthday in 1990. In 1996 he was awarded the OBE.

He remains active in Veteran affairs, having direct involvement with welfare support for Veterans of his former Regiments and leads the Lieutenancy coordination for Remembrance Sunday. 

He and his wife Muriel have settled on The North Coast and spend as much time as they can with their son and his young family who live on the South Coast of England.

Dr Peter FitzGerald, CBE, DL

Dr Peter FitzGerald, CBE, DL

Crumlin

Peter FitzGerald was appointed a DL in 2016. He is founder and Managing Director of Randox Laboratories.

He was appointed CBE in 2011 for services to Business in Northern Ireland.

Mr Andrew Frazer, DL

Mr Andrew Frazer, DL 

Cullybackey

Andrew was appointed a DL in 1994. Having been educated in England, he spent time volunteering in East Africa and working in New Zealand. Around returned home to work for the family business, Frazer and Haughton Ltd.

Andrew is currently a Director of Hillmount Properties Ltd and Harperstown Power. He was Chairman of the Northern Ireland Branch of the British Hydropower Association 2002 to 2008, Chairman of the British Hydropower Association 2008 to 2009 and a Senior Adviser to Hydroplan Ltd 2007 to 2021.

Andrew was High Sheriff of County Antrim in 1994.

He lives in Cullybackey and is married to Juliet and has two grown up children.

Mrs Ivy Goddard, MBE, DL

Mrs Ivy Goddard, MBE, DL

Ballymena

Ivy is Project Leader of the Ballymena Inter Ethnic Forum, which is dedicated to promoting cultural diversity and supporting the needs within the borough. Her work in the area was recognised when we was awarded the MBE in 2013 for services to Ethnic Minority Communities in NI.

She lives in Ballymena and is married to Nigel and has two adult children.

Mr Iain Getty, DL

Mr Iain Getty, DL

Lisburn

Iain was appointed a DL in 2023. Ian is a Chartered Physiotherapist who lives in Lisburn. Having qualified in 1989 from the University of Ulster at Jordanstown, he worked within the NHS in Lagan Valley Hospital and The Belfast City Hospital. His main passion however was working in the sporting sector and he established the Lisburn Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic in 1991. He left the NHS in 1998 to grow his own practice which now has seven Chartered Physiotherapists specialising in musculoskeletal injuries and Pilates. In 1991, he was appointed National Physiotherapist to the Ireland Senior Men’s Hockey Team. He is currently in that role for the Ulster & Ireland Masters’ Hockey Team. He also plays for both teams and has won 50 caps for Ireland. He has captained the over 55s team. 

Iain lives in Lisburn and he is married with four grown up children, two of whom are Physiotherapists, a trainee solicitor and a primary school teacher.

Mr Danny Kinahan, DL

Mr Danny Kinahan, DL

Templepatrick

Danny was appointed a DL in 1994. He has been the Veteran’s Commissioner for Northern Ireland since 2020.

Prior to that, Danny was commissioned into the Blues and Royals, before transferring into the North Irish Horse, where he was Squadron Leader 1998-99. He served as their Honorary Colonel 2013-19. Danny was High Sheriff of County Antrim in 1996.

He was elected as a South Antrim Councillor (UU) from 2005 to 2009. He was elected as a Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly (MLA) for South Antrim (UU), from 2009 to 2015. He was elected the Member of Parliament (MP) for South Antrim from 2015 to 2017. He was an Alderman Antrim and Newtownabbey Council 2019-20.

Danny lives in Templepatrick and is married Anna and they have four grown up children. His father was Lord-Lieutenant of Belfast from 1985–1991.

Mr Peter Mackie, DL

Mr Peter Mackie, DL

Loughguile

Peter was appointed as a DL in 2022. He is the High Sheriff of County Antrim for 2023. Peter set-up the High Sheriff’s Association for Northern Ireland.

Peter lives at Lissanoure Castle in Loughguile. Following a business career in London, he became Managing Director of Lissanoure Castle Ltd, which is a wedding and corporate hospitality venue, and Managing Director of Lissanoure Farms. Peter is also a Trustee of a major estate in England.

Away from work, Peter is a Member of the King’s Trust (formerly Prince’s Trust) Northern Ireland Advisory Committee, Chairman of the King’s Trust Development Committee for Northern Ireland, and Chairman of the Purdey Gold Award winning Irish Grouse Conservation Trust, which is a charitable trust operating at Glenwherry.

He is married to Emily and they have three adult children. Peter’s father was High Sheriff in 1979.

Mr Edward Montgomery, MBE, DL

Mr Edward Montgomery, MBE, DL

Ballyclare

Edward was appointed a DL in 2005. Born in County Antrim, he was educated in Northern Ireland and England, graduating from Oxford University in History and Modern Languages in 1982. After Army service as a Captain in the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars, he worked in the financial services industry in London for some years.

From 1996 to the present, he has been charity manager for The Honourable The Irish Society, a property-owning, grant making charity linking the City of London to County Londonderry and neighbouring areas. He currently serves on two school boards and on other local or regional bodies and charities, such as Enterprise Causeway and The Gibson Trust. 

He was High Sheriff of County Antrim in 2003 and received the MBE for services to the community of Co. Londonderry in 2014.

Edward lives near Ballyclare and is married with three grown-up sons.

Mr Steven Montgomery, DL

Mr Steven Montgomery, DL

Kells

Steven was appointed a DL in 2011. He was High Sheriff of County Antrim in 2009.

The Hon. Shane O'Neill, DL

The Hon. Shane O’Neill, DL

Antrim

Shane was appointed a DL in 2018. He was High Sheriff of County Antrim in 2014.

Shane is the current custodian of his family’s estates and lives in Shane’s Castle, Antrim. He is primarily involved in running the family’s interests and is a former Trustee and Director of the Irish Grouse Conversation Trust, at Glenwherry Hill Farm.

Shane’s family have a long-standing connection with the Lieutenancy. His father, 4th Baron O’Neill, was Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim 1994-2008, for which he was appointed KCVO. His grandfather, the 3rd Baron O’Neill, was Lord-Lieutenant from 1938-1944, until he was killed in action during WW2. He is married to Celia and has three sons.

Mr James Perry, MBE, DL

Mr James Perry, MBE, DL

Gracehill

James was appointed as a DL in 2019, serving as Clerk to the Lieutenancy until 2022 and is currently the Lieutenancy lead for assisting with the KAVS scheme. He held the position of High Sheriff of County Antrim in 2016. He was awarded an MBE in 2017 for Services to the Community.

A qualified Chartered Accountant, James spent most of his career in various senior positions in industry as well as operating a small consultancy business. He is Vice-Chairman of Ballymena Business Centre and a Trustee of the Gallaher Trust. Other voluntary work includes playing an active role in ‘Ahoghill in Bloom’ for which he was recognised as a UK Community Champion by Britain in Bloom.

James is a Lay Reader for the Diocese of Connor, a role which he has fulfilled for almost 40 years. His many activities in his local area resulted in him being awarded the prestigious ‘Commitment to Ballymena’ award at the 2023 Business Excellence Awards.

James is married to Patricia and has two adult children.

Mr Eric Rainey, CVO, MBE, DL

Mr Eric Rainey, CVO, MBE, DL

Lisburn

Eric was appointed a DL in 2006 and has now served three Lord-Lieutenants.  

Eric was Northern Ireland Director of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award until 2009, for which is was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CV) upon his retirement. He received an MBE in 1989 for his services as a Member of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland.

He has served as Chairman of King George VI Youth Council, Chair of Victoria Homes Trust and Vice Chair of The Speedwell Trust. He is a keen member of Belfast Rotary Club and Methodist Church Local Preacher.

Eric lives in Lisburn and is married to June.

Mr Richard Reade, OStJ, DL

Mr Richard Reade, DL

Broughshane

Richard was appointed a DL in 1995. He served as Vice Lord-Lieutenant from 2009-2019.

He served as High Sheriff of County Antrim in 1992 and was appointed an Officer of the Order of St John in 1997.

Richard is married to Pam and lives in Broughshane. He has three adult boys.

Colonel Neil Salisbury, OBE, DL

Colonel Neil Salisbury, OBE, DL

Ballycastle

Neil was appointed a DL in 2014. He was commissioned into the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and served in a wide variety of different appointments in Germany, Canada, South Africa and the Falkland Islands. He was Chief of Staff in East Timor and most notably in Sierra Leone where British forces protected Freetown from rebel attacks during the Sierra Leone Civil War. As a diplomat, he held senior positions in the British High Commission in Nigeria and Jamaica promoting UK’s national interests overseas.

Neil is a former Northern Ireland President of the Royal British Legion, trustee of Poppy Scotland and Chairman of the Irish ex-Services Trust. 

He and his wife April (nee Clark of Upperlands) live in North Antrim. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Mrs Pauline Shields, OBE, DL

Mrs Pauline Shields, OBE, DL

Hillsborough

Pauline was appointed a DL in 2023. Pauline served in the RUC GC and PSNI from 1986 to 2016. Among her many appointments she was Chief Superintendent in charge of local policing across six council areas including Lisburn & Castlereagh. She was responsible for policing the G8 summit in 2013 and the visit of HM The Queen to Co Fermanagh in 2012. She was awarded an OBE in 2014.

She was appointed by the Irish Government as Deputy Chief Inspector of the Garda Siochana Inspectorate in 2016 and is still in this role. 

Pauline lives in Hillsborough and is married with two grown up children.

Mrs Julia Shirley, DL

Mrs Julia Shirley, DL

Carrickfergus

Julia was appointed a DL in 2013. Her background is in catering and hospitality, having attended what was the College of Business Studies in Belfast, followed by the Cordon Bleu Cookery School in London. She started her catering career in the City, in addition setting up a kitchen for a law firm in

Holborn, and working subsequently for six months in the French alps, and for 2 years in Hong

Kong. She has run her own catering company since 2010.

Like her grandfather before her in 1963, Julia was appointed High Sheriff of the County in 2012. Her father was also a DL and was appointed in the Borough of Belfast in 1987.

Julia lives in Carrickfergus and has 3 grown-up children

Mrs Jackie Stewart, MBE, DL

Mrs Jackie Stewart, MBE, DL

Islandmagee

Jackie was appointed a DL in 2019. She was educated at Ballyclare High School and Queen’s University, Belfast, graduating in 1982 with a B.A. Honours Degree in Geography and a University “Blue” for badminton. Having obtained a Post-graduate Certificate in Education from QUB in 1983, she began a 35- year career in Downshire School, Carrickfergus. In 2003 she was named N.I. Secondary Teacher of the Year in the U.K. Teaching Awards. She became Vice Principal in 2004 and Principal from 2006 until 2018. She was awarded an MBE for Services to Education in 2019.

She chaired the Carrickfergus Learning Community several times, was Chairperson of Carrick Connect and initiated an educational programme with the North Irish Horse Regiment.

Jackie is a member of the Rotary Club of Carrickfergus, the Carrickfergus Historical Society and a keen sportswoman. She is married to Mike and lives in Islandmagee.

Professor Mark Taylor, CStJ, DL

Professor Mark Taylor, CStJ, DL, PhD, FRCSI, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Gen Surg)

Ballyclare

Mark was appointed a DL in 2022. Mark is a Consultant Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgeon at the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. He has had a distinguished medical career, serving as the NI Director of the Royal College of Surgeons of England until 2023.

He is a trustee of St John Ambulance (NI) and of Cancer Focus NI. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of St John in 2019. He served with 253 Field Ambulance RAMC and was previously their Honorary Colonel. Following the amalgamation with 204th (North Irish) Field Hospital, to form the new 210th (North Irish) Multi-Role Medical Regiment in 2023, Mark is now their Honorary Colonel.

Mark lives in Ballyclare and his married with two adult children.

Recently retired DLs:

  • Mr Freddie Hall, OBE, QGM, DL, of Lisburn, retired 16th January 2024. Appointed 2007.
  • Dr Sheelagh Hillan, MBE, DL, of Randalstown, retired 30th November 2023. Appointed 1995.
  • Colonel Dr Norman Walker, OBE, CStJ, TD, JP, DL, of Greenisland, retired March 2023. Appointed 2009.
  • Mr Gordon Topping, OBE, DL, of Ballymena, retired 25th April 2022. Appointed 2010.
  • Major John Pinkerton, TD, DL, of Ballymoney, retired 4th September 2020. Appointed 2016.
  • Mr Liam Kelly, JP, DL, of Larne, retired 18th June 2020. Appointed 1996

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