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New Deputy Lieutenant for Leicestershire appointed

Liz Darlison commissioned for role ‘in honour of her service to local community’.

Liz Darlison MBE, chief executive of Mesothelioma UK, has been appointed as a new Deputy Lieutenant for Leicestershire.


Mesothelioma UK is a national asbestos-related cancer charity, based in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire and works with over 30 specialist nurses based in NHS trusts across the country.


Liz is one of four new Deputy Lieutenants – joining Rachel Tidmarsh, Ian Mattioli MBE and Graham Smith - who have been commissioned in honour of their service to the local community.


The Lord-Lieutenant is the official representative of His Majesty the King for the city and county of Leicester.

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.


Commenting on her appointment, Liz Darlison said: "This is such an honour for me to be commissioned to support the work of the Lord-Lieutenant in my home county of Leicestershire.

"Although Mesothelioma UK is a charity with a national reach, we started our journey in Leicestershire and our UK headquarters are in Mountsorrel so we’re still very much at the heart of the local community."


Mike Kapur OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire added: "The Lieutenancy has enjoyed long-standing 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 Liz and the other very deserving candidates."


About the new Deputy Lieutenant for Leicestershire

Liz Darlison has enjoyed 40 years of clinical practice at the University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL).

After brief spells in vascular surgery and coronary care, she spent a decade in UHL’s respiratory unit. This led to an interest in service developments, research and lung cancer which became the focus for the last 24 years of her clinical practice.


In response to patient need in 2004, Liz established the National Macmillan Mesothelioma Resource Centre which resulted in her being the founder of Mesothelioma UK, a national charity for mesothelioma.


Liz continues to practice as a Consultant Nurse at UHL and is also CEO at Mesothelioma UK. Liz has honorary university positions in both Leicester and Sheffield, is very research active, keenly promotes nursing as a career and engages in education and training on many levels.


Liz is a founder member of the International Thoracic Oncology Nurses Forum, a past chair, and now lifetime honorary member of Lung Cancer Nursing UK, a long-serving previous board member of the British Thoracic Oncology Group and a current, first nurse member of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group board.

Liz was awarded the Nursing Times Cancer Nurse Leader of the year in 2007, received a ten-year Achievement Award in 2012 from the British Thoracic Oncology Group and in the 2019 Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday honours list, Liz was awarded an MBE in recognition of her services to patients and cancer research.

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