Her Majesty's Lord-
Lieutenant of Cheshire

David Briggs was educated at Charterhouse school and at St Andrews University, where he graduated with an LLB with first class honours. He also has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

He has lived in Cheshire since 1979 and was Managing Director and then Chairman of Dawsons Music until 2018.

David’s voluntary work began at St John Ambulance in 1975, and he was appointed a Knight of the Order of St John in 2011. He is passionate about helping young people to succeed, and has been Chairman and then President of Warrington Youth Club since 1980. He was High Sheriff of Cheshire in 2006-7.

Since becoming Lord-Lieutenant in 2010 he has supported many Cheshire charities, and in particular has tried to act as a connector between the voluntary and the commercial worlds, and also to encourage the agencies which help those most in need to work together. He was instrumental in setting up Cheshire Community Foundation as well as Cheshire Connect – a charity which now supports more than 200 Cheshire charities each year with business advice and support.

Following his role as chair of the first West Cheshire Poverty Truth Commission, he set up a new initiative called `Community Connectors’. This is a new service to which people most in need can go to help them find the support they are seeking from local agencies and services. 

The charities with which the Lord-Lieutenant is personally involved are:

  • ABF The Soldier Charity –Cheshire East (President)
  • Active Cheshire (Patron)
  • Army, Air and Sea Cadets
  • Bridge Community Farms
  • Cheshire Agricultural Society / Cheshire Show (Deputy President)
  • Cheshire Business Leaders
  • Cheshire Childbirth Appeal (Patron)
  • Cheshire Commonwealth Association (President)
  • Cheshire Community Foundation (President)
  • Cheshire Connect (Chairman)
  • Cheshire County Cricket Club (Patron)
  • Cheshire Young Carers (President)
  • Cheshire, Merseyside and Shropshire Blood Bikes (Patron)
  • Chester Cathedral (Chairman of Council
  • East Cheshire Hospice (President)
  • Friends of Knutsford Heritage Centre (Honorary Member)
  • NeuroMuscular Centre, Winsford (Patron)
  • RFCA Northwest (President)
  • Royal British Legion (Member)
  • St John Ambulance
  • Stick’n’Step (Patron)
  • University of Chester (Member of Council)
  • Vision Support (President)
  • Warrington Youth Club(President)
  • Youth Federation for Cheshire, Halton and Wirral (President)

Duties of a Lord-Lieutenant

The main roles of the post of Lord-Lieutenant are:

  • Making the arrangements for, and escorting, members of the Royal Family during their engagements in Cheshire
  • Representing Her Majesty The Queen in presenting certain Honours, medals and awards and in carrying out a variety of duties locally connected with the Armed Forces
  • Encouraging local nominations for Honours, for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, The Queen’s Award for Enterprise and invitations to the Buckingham Palace Garden Parties
  • Leading the local Magistracy as Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace
  • Supporting and promoting a wide range of local voluntary civic and social activity and supporting local businesses.
David Briggs, M.B.E., K.St.J.
The Queen and The Lord Lieutenant