Helen Broughton MBE DL, Danbro’s Managing Director, has been made a Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire by the Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, The Lord Shuttleworth KG KCVO.
Helen joins a highly distinguished team of Deputies, who assist and support the Lord-Lieutenant in his public duties as Her Majesty The Queen’s representative in the county of Lancashire.
‘A real privilege’
On the announcement of her appointment, Helen said she was “absolutely delighted”, and ‘couldn’t wait to get started’.
“I am immensely proud, and humbled, to have been asked to represent my home county as a Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire,” Helen said.
“This is a role steeped in distinction and tradition, and it’s a tremendous honour for both myself and my family to have been appointed. I would like to publicly thank the Lord-Lieutenant, The Lord Shuttleworth, and look forward to joining the team and assisting him in his forthcoming duties.
“Whilst I’m incredibly proud of our success in business, supporting peoples’ families and helping those less fortunate is what I’m most passionate about. I have a strong belief in community, so it’s a real privilege to be able to represent the people of Lancashire in such a distinguished position.
Also announced as newly-commissioned, Deputy Lieutenants, are:
- Mrs Helen Bingley OBE of Lancaster, Founder Member & CEO of The Abaseen Foundation UK
- Dr John Cater CBE of Parbold, Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University
- Brigadier Peter Rafferty MBE of Kendal, Former Commanding Officer of 42 NW Brigade
- Mr Gulab Singh MBE of Preston, Volunteer/Ambassador, and former Director in Public Health, for Guru Nanak Gurdwara Recreation & Cultural Centre
‘Uphold the dignity of the Crown’
The Office of Lord-Lieutenant is military in its origin, and dates back to the reign of Henry VIII. In those days, the holder was responsible for the ‘maintenance of order’, as well as military purposes relating to local defence.
Lord-Lieutenants, such as The Lord Shuttleworth, are The Queen’s personal representatives in a county or area. Their prime duty, supported by their Deputy Lieutenants, is to ‘uphold the dignity of the Crown’ through functions and responsibilities such as:
- Arranging visits by Members of The Royal family and escorting Royal visitors
- Presenting medals and awards on behalf of Her Majesty
- Participating in civic, voluntary and social activities with the Lieutenancy
- Liaising with local units of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force and their associated cadet forces
- Leading the local magistracy by chairing the Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace
‘Strong family culture’
Helen, along with her husband, Damian, founded Danbro back in 1999 to support businesses, contractors, start-ups, freelance workers, sole traders, and the self-employed. The business is now in its 20th year, and employs more than 200 people, working with more than 7,500 clients across the UK.
With a strong family culture, the company is dedicated to providing expert and trusted advice to its customers and works hard to support the Lytham community, giving time and money to play an integral role in local life.
Back in 2016, both Helen & Damian were awarded MBEs by The Queen, for their work with small businesses, the self-employed, and the local community.
Congratulations Helen, from everyone here at Danbro.
Sam Wright is Danbro’s Marketing Manager. He produces regular content and feature articles on our digital and non-digital channels – and social platforms – for the Danbro Group and its subsidiaries, as well as having responsibility for the Company’s internal and external communications.
His background is in Journalism and Creative Writing, having previously contributed to publications such as The Daily Post, The Lancashire Evening Post, and The Blackpool Gazette.
He is a keen swimmer and avid Manchester United fan (but don’t hold that against him), and he lives in Lancashire with his wife, Sarah.