New Deputy Lord Lieutenants appointed in South Yorkshire

Waheed Akhtar
Waheed Akhtar

Two senior figures from South Yorkshire have been named as new Deputy Lieutenants for the county.

Waheed Akhtar, a specialist in community partnerships and radio broadcaster has been appointed along with Professor Paul White, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield.

The role of a Deputy Lieutenant involves supporting and deputising for the Lord-Lieutenant, David Moody - the Queen’s representative in South Yorkshire.

Mr Moody said: “I’m delighted that Waheed Akhtar and Paul White have agreed to become Deputy Lieutenants.

“Both are outstanding servants of South Yorkshire. In their different fields they have contributed to making life better for the rest of us, and will continue to do so.”

Mr Akhtar is Chairman of the South Yorkshire Muslim Community Forum, and works for Rotherham Council in Neighbourhood Partnerships and Engagement.

He is also a BBC Radio Sheffield journalist, where he has worked for 25 years, most recently as presenter of the Eastern Air programme on Sunday evenings.

He has spent a similar amount of time in local government in Sheffield and Rotherham, undertaking roles in education social work, training, economic development and regeneration, policy, research and commissioning.

Professor Paul White is Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield.

He was awarded a first class degree in Geography at Hertford College, University of Oxford, and has written on demographic change, migration and ethnic minorities, social cohesion, and European cities. He has published or edited 10 books.

Professor White has served for 10 years as a Governor of Longley Park Sixth Form College, and is a member of their audit committee.