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Birmingham woman becomes Queen's local representative

NEW ROLE: Beverly Lindsay

COMMUNITY STALWART Beverley Lindsay has been appointed as a deputy lieutenant for the West Midlands, becoming the first African Caribbean woman to take up the role.

She joins a distinguished group of Deputy Lieutenants in the region, whose duty it is to represent the Queen under the leadership of Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for the West Midlands Paul Sabapathy, CBE.

Jamaican-born Lindsay, who has run her own independent travel agency Diamond Travel in Dudley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham for the past 27 years, said she was both "humbled and honoured" by the appointment.

“This gives me an opportunity to extend the boundaries in serving the community, who have supported me in all my endeavours over the years,” said Lindsay, who chairs the Association of Jamaican Nationals (Birmingham) UK.

“I regard myself as a ‘key’ to open doors so that people from similar backgrounds, who have had to work very hard and overcome many obstacles, can enter more freely and gain the acknowledgement and rewards their efforts deserve.”

Lindsay is no stranger to pioneering roles. In 2012 she made history at the Rotary Club of Birmingham by becoming its first black female president in a landmark year for both Birmingham and Jamaica.

When Birmingham provided the Jamaican Track and Field team with their pre-Olympic training camp before London 2012, she organised a cultural extravaganza and salute to the athletes at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on the eve of the Olympics.

She was also a driving force behind Birmingham’s five-day Jamaica in the Square event which culminated in the city’s first civic flag-raising ceremony on August 6 to celebrate Jamaica’s 50th year of independence.

In 2011, her services to business and the community in Birmingham were recognised by an OBE and she also has an Order of Distinction for her outstanding service to Jamaica.

Paul Sabapathy, who was appointed Lord-Lieutenant in 2007, said: “Beverly is a role model to us all, particularly to the African Caribbean community in demonstrating how you can succeed in business as an immigrant through ability and hard work.

“She combines her business success with being actively involved in civic life, supporting people who are less fortunate.

“As the first non white Lord-Lieutenant I am keen for the Lieutenancy to better engage with the dynamic African Caribbean community.”

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