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Lord Lieutenant Awarded Honorary Fellowship


The Queen’s representative in the former county of West Glamorgan has received an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Swansea this morning.

Mr D. Byron Lewis was appointed The Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan in May 2008 by Her Majesty The Queen following the retirement of Commodore Sir Robert Hastie who had served as Lord Lieutenant for thirteen years.

The Lord Lieutenant is Her Majesty The Queen’s representative in West Glamorgan and his first and foremost duty is to uphold the dignity of the Crown. He has pledged to involve himself in all aspects of life within the County including its civic, voluntary, business and social life.

The Lieutenancies Act 1997 has ensured that the County of West Glamorgan remains a preserved County, that is, one of the Counties in Wales as existed immediately before the passing of the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994.

Mr Lewis was born in Swansea in 1945 and educated at Gowerton Grammar School. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant (FCA) in 1968. Mr Lewis’ business career spanned forty years during which time he held senior positions as Chairman and Managing Director in a number of UK and overseas companies.

Mr Lewis was appointed a Freeman of the City of London in 1989. He also served as High Sheriff of West Glamorgan in 2004/2005. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of St John in 2008.

Mr Lewis resides in Swansea and is married to Hilary and they have two adult daughters and four grandchildren. His leisure activities include all sports, particularly golf and rugby, classical and choral music and gardening.

Mr Lewis said: “I am greatly honoured to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship. I am always very proud to be associated with a dynamic and expanding University which is continually extending its reach in both facilities and its academic programmes.

“The University deserves significant praise for its continuing development in both academic excellence together with its commitment to regenerating the many much-loved historic buildings Swansea city centre. The plans to create a cultural quarter on Alexandra Road and the SA1 development plans to create the Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter will undoubtedly provide a unique and stimulating environment to promote excellence in research, scholarship, learning and teaching.”

Note to Editor

  1. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.
  2. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.

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