ROYAL ROLE FOR RIAZ!
On Friday 16th October 2015, Riaz Ravat BEM – Deputy Director of St Philip’s Centre was confirmed as one of eight new Deputy Lieutenants for the county of Leicestershire who were commissioned under oath, in honour of their service to the local community. The Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Gretton, made the appointments at a special ceremony at County Hall in Glenfield.
At St Philip’s Centre, Riaz leads on a wide range of interfaith initiatives through training, education and engagement. He is a member of Leicester Cathedral’s Council, the Crown Prosecution Service’s Hate Crime Panel and serves as Advisor for a number of other notable bodies.
The Lord-Lieutenant is the official representative of Her Majesty The Queen for the County and City of Leicester. The office of Lord-Lieutenant is military in origin and can be traced back to the mid 16th Century. The Lieutenancy has evolved since the days of raising local militia and today, through the appointment of Deputy Lieutenants, represents the diverse communities of Leicester and Leicestershire.
Deputy Lieutenants undertake a wide range of duties and engagements including representing the Lord-Lieutenant and participating in Citizenship Ceremonies, attending remembrance services and parades and helping to assess local organisations nominated for awards and honours.
The Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Gretton said, “The Lieutenancy has enjoyed longstanding links with the uniformed services and with local community and voluntary organisations of Leicester and Leicestershire. These links are further enhanced following the appointments of these very deserving candidates.”