Edward Harley OBE is the Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire and was appointed in September 2020.  The Lord-Lieutenant is Her Majesty The Queen’s personal representative in the county and will represent Her Majesty at events in Herefordshire.  This will include presenting awards to organisations, such as The Queen’s Award for Enterprise and Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, and to individuals, for example, The British Empire Medal.  The Lord-Lieutenant is responsible for the preparation of programmes for Royal Visits to Herefordshire and for advising on local Honours Nominations.

The post of Lord-Lieutenant is non-political and is unpaid.  The Lord-Lieutenant appoints Deputy-Lieutenants  to support him in the county, and appoints one of these as the Vice Lord-Lieutenant. Collectively they are referred to as the Lieutenancy. The age of retirement is 75 years.

Edward and generations of his family have lived in Herefordshire, in particular the area of Brampton Bryan, in the north of the county.  Edward is married to Victoria and they have four daughters.

Edward’s professional career was spent at Cazenove and Co. where he was a partner.  He is a member of the Prince’s Council of the Duchy of Cornwall and is the Chairman of the Acceptance in Lieu Panel.  He is a trustee of the Churches Conservation Trust and a Vice-President of the National Churches Trust.  He recently stepped down from Tate Britain and is a former President of the Historic Houses Association.

In Herefordshire, he has recently been chairman of the Mappa Mundi Trust and a member of the Finance Committee of Hereford Cathedral.  He is President of the Friends of the Hereford Record Office, a Patron of Music in Quiet Places and a Vice-President of the Wildlife Trust. He is a Canon Emeritus of Hereford Cathedral and was High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 2015-16

Edward will seek to promote goodwill and a spirit of co-operation by the encouragement and support of the armed forces, statutory services and benevolent organisations.  In addition, the Lieutenancy takes a strong role in promoting business, industry and voluntary activity within the county.


Edward is delighted to be the Patron or President of a number of organisations in the County.

ABF – Herefordshire President www.soldierscharity.org
Friends of Hereford Cathedral Joint President www.herefordcathedral.org/the-friends-of-hereford-cathedral
Friends of Herefordshire Light Infantry Museum Patron www.herefordshirelightinfantrymuseum.com
HARC (Friends of) Patron www.fhas.org.uk
Hereford Cathedral Lay Canon Emeritus www.herefordcathedral.org
Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust Vice President www.herefordcathedral.org/hereford-cathedral-perpetual-trust
Hereford and Worcester Cadet Force Joint Patron www.armycadets.com/county/hereford-and-worcester-acf/
Herefordshire Community Foundation Joint Patron www.herefordshirecf.org
Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust Joint President www.hhct.co.uk
Herefordshire Wildlife Trust Vice President www.herefordshirewt.org
Mappa Mundi Patron www.themappamundi.co.uk
Royal British Legion – Herefordshire Patron www.counties.britishlegion.org.uk/counties/herefordshire
SSAFA – Herefordshire President www.ssafa.org.uk/herefordshire
St John Ambulance County Patron www.sja.org.uk
West Mercia Reserve Force and Cadet Association (WMRFCA) Vice President www.wmrfca.org