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Businesswoman appointed to royal position in West Midlands

FRESH HONOUR: Beverly Lindsay OD, OBE, VLL

A LEADING mentor and champion of the African Caribbean community has been appointed as Vice Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands.

Beverly Lindsay, who has served as a deputy lieutenant since November 2013, took up the position at the start of this month.

Confirming her new role, she said:

“I am humbled and overwhelmed to be appointed as the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of this region. To even be considered for this role ranks as a milestone in my professional and community engagement life. It is an honour that I embrace on behalf of the community and my family.”

Born in St. Thomas, Jamaica, Lindsay was presented with one of her home country’s highest honours in 2008 – the Order of Distinction (OD) for services to both the UK and Jamaica.

Three years later, Lindsay, who is the founder and CEO of Diamond Travel, one of Birmingham’s leading independent travel agents, was awarded an OBE for services to business and the community in Birmingham.

After arriving in the UK as a teenager to complete her secondary education, she embarked on a career in nursing and midwifery. She went on to work in Handsworth as a senior community worker, and also in the financial services industry, before launching her own travel agency business in 1987.
In 1990 she became a founder member of the Association of Jamaican Nationals (Birmingham) UK, and has served as its chairman for many years.

Every October she organises a ‘Local Heroes’ awards gala evening during Black History Month to match and honour seven community heroes with the seven national heroes of Jamaica.

She joined the Rotary Club of Birmingham in 1997 and served as its president in 2012/2013. In 2009, she was named a Paul Harris Fellow, the highest award by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

Lindsay is also a member of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and chair of the trust at Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy.

A deeply committed Christian, the community pillar is a stalwart of the New Testament Church of God in George Street, Handsworth, Birmingham.

Her new appointment coincides with the announcement of nine new Deputy Lieutenants for the West Midlands. They are: Gurpreet Bhatia, from Smethwick; Sukhjinder Khera, from Walsall; Nick Venning, from Hagley, and Tom Westley, from Chaddesley Corbett.

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