Deputy Lieutenants

The Lord-Lieutenant and Vice Lord-Lieutenant are supported by a number of Deputy Lieutenants.


Reverend Fraser Aitken (Ayr)

Fraser Aitken was born in Paisley and brought up in Johnstone. Educated at the University of Glasgow, he graduated MA in French and German, then BD in Church History. Ordained to the Ministry of the Church of Scotland when he was 25, he served three parishes – Neilston, Girvan North, and for 28 years, St Columba Church in Ayr.

Since retiring to Prestwick, he has continued to be involved in Church work and enjoys being a Governor of Wellington School in Ayr, President of the Glasgow-Ayrshire Society, and a Patron of Whiteleys Charity (for children and young people with terminal illness).

Amongst his leisure pursuits, he loves wining and dining, buying too many books, and visiting York and Vienna.”


Carolyn Blyth (Dunlop)

Carolyn Blyth was born in Glasgow and was educated there and in Fife before graduating from Glasgow University.  For many years, she owned and ran a gift and coffee shop in Kilmaurs before becoming  Regional Hospital Service Manager for the WRVS.

She  lives in Dunlop and very much enjoys  involvement in  community life. She has been Chair of Dunlop and Lugton Community Council,  the  Dunlop Regeneration Group and Director of Dunlop and Lugton Park Association, and is currently the Chair of Dunlop Friends of the Ayrshire Hospice and an Elder of Dunlop Kirk.

Carolyn and her husband Mike have two sons and are proud grandparents to  three grandchildren. Among her wide ranging interests are skiing, travel and walking.


David Dickson (Symington)

David DicksonDavid Dickson was brought up in Symington where he and his family still live. He attended school in Fife and Warwickshire.

After attending Sandhurst he served with the Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) until he left the Regular Army in 1993 after 25 years service. He then worked for the Army Cadet Force for three years before moving to the Ayrshire Yeomanry Squadron in Ayr. He retired in 2006.

David is currently involved with the Army Cadet Force League, and other charities.

In his spare time David enjoys skiing, golf, shooting, travel and amateur dramatics. He is married to Lizzie and has a son and a daughter.


Jane Evans (Largs)

Jane EvansJane was born in Glasgow and brought up outside Largs. She attended schools in Renfrewshire, Ayrshire and Yorkshire followed by college in Edinburgh.

She married in 1979 and moved between the UK, Ireland, Cyprus and Germany over the next 14 years. She has three grown up children. Ultimately Jane and her husband settled back in Largs where they are kept busy running a small but busy estate.

Jane has been involved in various charitable organisations over the years, most notably the RNLI. In her spare time Jane enjoys singing and is a member of two choirs. She is also a keen sailor.


William Galbraith (Mauchline)

George HayWilliam Galbraith was brought up on a family farm near Mauchline and was educated at Glenalmond College before attending Newcastle University where he studied agriculture. He was commissioned into the Regular Army and served for 9 years with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and then continued as a reservist with The Ayrshire Yeomanry.

For 20 years, William was a Director of an outdoor leisure business, operating across the UK and USA before transferring it into an Employee Ownership Trust. He now runs the family farm with his wife, Sara Jane, and they have 2 sons.
William is a member of The Queen’s Body Guard for Scotland and in his spare time enjoys adventurous activities, skiing and country pursuits.


Dr Elizabeth Guthrie (Arran)

George HayDr Liz Guthrie grew up and was educated in Ayrshire. In the summer     before embarking on her academic studies she worked in the hospitality industry on Arran and there her lifelong love of the island and its community began. She subsequently graduated from Aberdeen University medical school before returning to her native Ayrshire to do her junior medical training in Kilmarnock Infirmary and Ballochmyle Hospital. Her GP training saw a move up the west coast to Inverclyde.

Dr Guthrie then worked at the Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital where she developed her skills in homoeopathy and acupuncture before returning to her husband’s native Arran, where she now lives, to have her family and perform regular holiday locums for all three Arran practices.
She is now a partner in the Arran Medical Group which now provides both community and hospital medical services to all island residents and visitors.
Outside her work Dr Guthrie enjoys singing in the local island choir, the great outdoors, walking her dog, golfing, rowing and keeping fit enough to enjoy an annual skiing holiday.


Lady Marguerite Hunter Blair (Straiton)

David Lacy

Lady Marguerite Hunter Blair BA (Hons), MSc is from Hamilton, South Lanarkshire.  After a career in community work with Belfast City Council she became Chief Executive of Playboard, Northern Ireland, before returning to Scotland. 
She has been Chief Executive of Play Scotland, since 2006. Marguerite is also a Trustee of various national charities and a governor of Wellington School. She is extremely proud to have recently become Chair of the Carrick Centre in Maybole.
Sir Patrick and Lady Hunter Blair live in Straiton and enjoy spending time with ever- expanding family and friends.


David Lacy (Kilmarnock)

David Lacy

"The Very Reverend Doctor David Lacy is a retired Minister of the Church of Scotland.  He served in Edinburgh and Glasgow before moving to the charge of Kilmarnock: Henderson in 1989, which united with Kilmarnock: Old High in November, 2012 becoming Kilmarnock Kay Park Parish Church.
He served on various Church of Scotland Boards and Committees at national and presbytery level.  He was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland from 2005-06 and awarded the Honorary degree of D.Litt., by the University of Strathclyde in 2006. He is a Council Member of the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fisherman.
Dr Lacy is married and has a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren.
He enjoys sailing, choral singing and snooker."



.Nigel Martin (Ayr)

Nigel Martin, pictured on the left, was born in Prestwick and educated at Marr College, Troon. After study at Glasgow University he graduated LLB in 1977.

Nigel has, since 1980, been a Solicitor in private practice and since 1992 on his own account in Ayr.

He is a long term Clerk to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ayrshire and Arran having, since his appointment in 1988, served four Lord-Lieutenants.

Throughout his life he has devoted significant time, expertise and enthusiasm to charitable fundraising for a wide variety of causes.
He has taken on a number of roles: Director and Company Secretary of ALERT; founder Director of Achievers International; founder of Legends Golf Challenge; organiser of Ayr Fireworks Display at Ayr Racecourse; Director, Vice-Chairman and Chairman of Ayrshire Hospice; President Glasgow Ayrshire Society and a winner of the Law Society of Scotland Charity of Law Award.

In 2007 his contribution was recognised with the award of MBE.
He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 2016.
Married to Sandy, he has two daughters, Debbie and Nicola, and 2 grandchildren and lives in Ayr.
In his spare time he enjoys golf and is a member of Prestwick Golf Club.


Evelyn McCann (Seamill and West Kilbride)

Evelyn McCannEvelyn McCann was born in Irvine and educated at Ardrossan Academy. She has an MBA from Glasgow University and has also studied at Harvard University.

During her long career as a Civil Servant, Mrs McCann held a variety of Senior Managerial and Executive posts. She joined Scottish Enterprise in 1991 and latterly was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire, a post that she held until her retiral in 2008. Mrs McCann also held a number of Non-Executive positions at local and national level.

Since retiring she has held a number of voluntary positions most notably as Chair of Ayr Renaissance and Vice Chair of Court, University of the West of Scotland.

Her interests include walking, gardening, reading, keeping fit and current affairs.


James McCosh (Dalry)

James McCoshJames McCosh was born in Irvine and subsequently educated at Aysgarth and Wellington. He graduated from Dundee University with a Law degree in 1973. He was a partner in the family legal firm, J & J McCosh until 2013. James has two sons and his hobbies are golf, shooting and gardening.

He is currently Chairman of North Ayrshire Victim Support Group.




Nancy Mortimer (Annbank)

Nancy MortimerNancy Mortimer was born and brought up in Ayr. After graduating from Edinburgh University she became a primary teacher and taught in London until she married and moved to Ecuador in South America and then to Saudi Arabia. The family came back to Ayrshire in 1984 and once her three sons were at school she returned to teaching and qualified as a special education needs teacher working for East Ayrshire's specialised support team until her retirement. She is particularly interested in the field of dyslexia.

Nancy served as a Justice of the Peace for twelve years and was a Governor of both Drumley House School and Wellington School in Ayr. She is an active member of Ayr St Columba Church and is involved with the Lochside Youth outreach programme.

Her hobbies include travel, gardening, cooking and being a granny.


Eric Ross (Cumnock)

Eric Ross is very well known and well respected in the Cumnock area having had a lifelong commitment to public service and having been a local Councillor for many years.

 Eric served as a councillor for Cumnock and Doon Valley District from 1984 till 1996. During this time he was a member of the Licensing Board, Chair of the Planning Committee and ultimately Convener of the authority until local government reorganisation in 1996 when East Ayrshire was formed.

He continued to serve as a Councillor until he retired in 2017.  In East Ayrshire he was a member of the Licensing Board and Chair of the Planning and Economic Development Committee, and chair of Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority

As a local councillor Eric provided invaluable support and established various community groups including the first Women's Aid group and refuge in Cumnock.

He is currently a Trustee and Board Member of the Coal field Community Transport a position that he has held since 2012


Matt Smith (Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenson) 

Matt was born in Ayrshire and now lives in Seamill. Much of his career was as a trade union leader, latterly as Scottish Secretary of UNISON. In 1999/2000 he was STUC President.

He is a Non Executive Director of Scottish Water; a Member of the Scottish Police Authority; a Member of the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Central Arbitration Committee; a Member of the Regulation Board of ICAS and the Investigations Committee of CIPFA.

Previously he was a Member of the Scottish Human Rights Commission; the Scottish Standards Commission; the Broadcasting Council for Scotland and the Church of Scotland's Church and Nation Committee. He is an Honorary Fellow of the SCDI and sat as a JP (and JPAC member) for over 30 years. He was a member of the Calman and McIntosh Commissions.

He was awarded an OBE in 2004.

Married to Eileen, they have a son and a daughter. Interests include music, travel and golf.  


William Stafford (Galston)

William StaffordWilliam Stafford was born in Galston and educated locally prior to obtaining his professional qualifications in Glasgow.

He is a retired Executive Director in Local Government and is an Environmental Health Officer by profession. He also served as the Chief Executive of a military charity.

William is currently a Trustee of the Loudoun Valley Trust. He is married and lives just outside Galston with his wife. They have one son and a granddaughter. His interests include gardening, wildlife and motoring.