A former-Phoenix High School student with decades of experience serving good causes in Hammersmith & Fulham will represent the Queen at official events across the borough, while also promoting inclusivity and fairness.
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Kenneth Olisa, formally introduced the new Deputy Lieutenant for H&F, Kevin McGrath, at Hammersmith Town Hall last week.
The guests were greeted by H&F Mayor, Cllr Mercy Umeh, Council Leader, Cllr Stephen Cowan and H&F Council Chief Executive, Nigel Pallace, to discuss their work.
“Kevin McGrath is an excellent choice as the Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. He grew up in the borough, has worked hard as a local school governor and chair of the Lyric Theatre,” said H&F Council Leader, Cllr Stephen Cowan.
“As the High Sheriff for Greater London his commitment to prison reform and tackling domestic violence was outstanding. I congratulate him on his new position”.
The Lord-Lieutenant appoints a Representative Deputy Lieutenant to each of London’s 32 boroughs to assist him in his role as Her Majesty’s representative.
The deputy role is unique to the Greater London Lieutenancy due to the city’s huge population.
Mr McGrath takes over the role from Sandy Cahill, who has been appointed as Chair of the Lord-Lieutenant’s new Council on Occupation. Kevin McGrath will serve as deputy for at least seven years.
He said: "As someone who grew up on the White City Estate and who has continued an involvement in the borough through The Lyric Theatre, QPR Sport in the Community Trust, Phoenix High School and other organisations, it is an honour to take over as Deputy Lieutenant and to help to implement the Lord-Lieutenant’s strategy for ‘Building bridges for a fairer London’.”
Mr Olisa championed his new deputy, and of his own role said: “I intend through my appointment, to use the Lieutenancy’s considerable influence to build bridges between Londoners and their institutions to increase the collective sense of belonging and pride.”