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Ian Dudson the Lord Lieutenant


Ian Dudson was appointed as Lord-Lieutenant on 29th March 2012. Ian was an industrialist whose family business, manufacturing ceramic tableware for the worldwide hospitality industry, has been based in Stoke on Trent since 1800.

Ian was awarded the CBE for services to the ceramics industry in 2002 and made a Knight of the Order of St John in 2017.

Prior to this appointment he was a Deputy Lieutenant since 2001 and was High Sheriff of Staffordshire in 2010-11. He was Pro-Chancellor of Keele University and Chair of Council from 2005-2012, he was also a founding member of the Local Enterprise Partnership.

Currently he is Chair of the Trustees of The Dudson Centre, which acts as a resource centre for voluntary groups and he chairs the Magistrates Advisory Committee for Staffordshire. He is also a Council member at Lichfield Cathedral.

He is President of 11 Staffordshire based organisations including:-

Douglas Macmillan Hospice, Tennis Staffordshire, Staffordshire Community Foundation, Staffordshire Branch CPRE, West Midlands Reserves and Cadets Association, Scouting Staffordshire, SSAFA Staffordshire, St John County Priory Group, and Lichfield Festival.

He is also Patron of the Wildlife Trust Staffordshire,  Trent and Mersey Canal Society, Lichfield Science and Engineering Society, Ministry at Work and

Joint Patron of Shropshire and Staffordshire Blood Bikes, Burslem Port, Lichfield Cathedral Friends, Peel Society and an Honorary Patron of the Pathway Project in Lichfield.