New Lord-Lieutenant for Somerset announced

Monday 1st August 2022 1:45 pm
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Mohammed Saddiq DL, who is Executive Director of Operations at Wessex Water, will take over from Annie Maw CVO when she retires at the end of October. (SCC Newsroom )

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The man who is taking over as Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset in the autumn says he is “greatly looking forward to giving something back to the country which has given me so much.”

Lord-Lieutenants are Her Majesty’s representative in the county. Aside from royal duties, Lord-Lieutenants generally promote and encourage voluntary and charitable organisations and take an interest in the business, urban and rural and social life of the county.

Mohammed Saddiq DL, who is Executive Director of Operations at Wessex Water, will take over from Annie Maw CVO when she retires at the end of October.

Mr Saddiq’s parents came to England in the late 60s from a small village in Pakistan, setting up a new home in Leeds.

“They came here with virtually nothing but they had such a strong work ethic, I was born in Leeds and my parents were always encouraging me to do well at school, to help create a good life for myself. I became the first member of our family to go to university.” Said Mr Saddiq.

That was to lead to a long and successful business career in the water, waste and renewables sectors. He has held a number of senior engineering and management positions in those sectors over the past 30 years.

Mr Saddiq, who is 52, now lives in Midford near Bath with his wife Paula and five children.

Sustainability and care for the environment have always been passions in his life. In 2012 he received the Institute of Directors South West Corporate Responsibility Director Award and in 2020 he was given an honorary degree of Doctor of Science from the University of the West of England for enhancing the sustainable development of Bristol. Mr Saddiq also set up a partnership with Wessex Water and The Prince’s Trust to help mentor young people, who found themselves in difficult circumstances, to secure employment and even establish their own businesses.

Outside of work he has many charitable interests. He is deputy chair of the Board of Trustees at Bristol University, chair of the Bristol Future Talent Project (which works with local businesses to provide work experience and mentoring support to students from Black and ethnic minority backgrounds), independent chair of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC and trustee of the cancer care charity Penny Brohn UK. He is also a member of the Society of Merchant Venturers and vice chair of governors at Montpellier High School.

On taking up the role of Lord-Lieutenant, Mr Saddiq says: “It is a tremendous honour for me. I’ve always thought it is important to remember where you’ve come from. I’m in a privileged position now and it’s important for me to give something back to the community and the country which has given me so much.

“I’m grateful too to my company for allowing me to accept this important public role, supporting the Royal Family in Somerset.”

Mr Saddiq says he is particularly keen to use his new position to engage with the business community and voluntary sector in Somerset and support them in any way he can.

“Given where the economy is right now, anything the Lieutenancy can do to just ‘move the needle’ has to be a good thing.”

Somerset’s current Lord-Lieutenant Annie Maw CVO, who will have held the position for nearly eight years when she retires in October, said today: “It’s been the greatest honour of my life to serve as Somerset’s Lord-Lieutenant. I know Mohammed thinks the same and I know he will do a tremendous job. I couldn’t be more delighted by his appointment. With his business background he will bring a new skillset to the role, which will be invaluable.”

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