The Lord-Lieutenant is an important non-political representative of the county, helping to encourage and promote the good of the community through the voluntary and civic life of the county. It is an honorary appointment.
Lord-Lieutenants and their Deputy Lieutenants are among the oldest public offices in England. Their duties include:
- formally receiving The Queen, members of the Royal Family or heads of state when they visit Oxfordshire.
- acting on behalf of The Queen in presenting awards and honours
- maintaining links with the armed forces and emergency services
- supporting the civic life of the county, working with local councils and agencies, the emergency services, schools, charities and the voluntary sector.
Oxfordshire's Lord-Lieutenant is Tim Stevenson OBE. He is supported by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant John Harwood and Deputy Lieutenants. Collectively, they are known as the Oxfordshire Lieutenancy.
The Lieutenancy works closely with Oxfordshire's High Sheriff.
Tim is a lawyer and businessman; he has lived in the county for nearly 30 years and has done work for both the government and for a variety of local organisations. He became Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire on 1 September 2008.
- He has an MA in Jurisprudence from Worcester College, Oxford
- He received the OBE in 2004.
- He is a former chair of governors at Oxford Brookes University
- He was Chief Executive of Castrol International from 1993-1998 and as Chief Executive of Burmah Castrol PLC from 1998-2000 as well as being Chairman of Travis Perkins PLC from 2001 – 2010 and Chairman of Morgan Crucible PLC from 2006 until 2012
- He was Chairman of Johnson Matthey PLC from July 2011 to July 2018
- Tim Stevenson's wife, Marion, is a family mediator and trainer for National Family Mediation.
- He was a Member of Council at Modern Art Oxford from 1998-2004.
- His interests are: hill walking, music and reading.