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Francis Habgood was appointed to the role of HM Vice Lord Lieutenant in 2023.

He was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant in 2020.

 A police officer for over 32 years, Francis started his career in West Yorkshire Police patrolling the streets of Leeds, moved to Thames Valley Police in 2004 and completed his service in 2019 in the role of the Chief Constable. He received the Queen ‘s Police Medal in 2012 and was knighted for his services to policing in 2020.


Francis has always worked hard to develop strong partnerships, particularly in Buckinghamshire. After retiring from the police, he chaired the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children’s Partnership and Adults’ Board and supported Buckinghamshire Council as they responded to the Covid 19 outbreak.

He also spends time supporting youth charities in his local area.


He is Chairman of the Buckinghamshire Lieutenancy's Honours Committee, dedicated to increasing the number and quality of nominations for National Honours in the County, especially for the unsung heroes within our community.


The Vice Lord-Lieutenant is appointed, with The Sovereign's approval, by the Lord-Lieutenant from amongst his Deputy Lieutenants.

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant plays a substantial role in managing Lieutenancy projects.  He also deputises for the Lord-Lieutenant on many occasions at Royal visits and at other official engagements.

Vice Lord-Lieutenants may wear a uniform or may wear a special badge.

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