FORMER county council leader Angus Campbell has been appointed as the new Lord Lieutenant for Dorset.

He will succeed Mrs Anthony Pitt-Rivers when she retires on January 22 Angus Campbell served for a number of years in the Army Air Corps, and has since focused on his farming interests and local politics.

He has served as Leader of both North Dorset District and Dorset County Councils, standing down from the latter last year.

Mrs Pitt-Rivers said: “I am delighted that Angus Campbell has been appointed as the new Lord Lieutenant of Dorset. He has already done a lot for the county in his work as Leader of Dorset County Council, and has a good knowledge and a great love of Dorset.

“I have had such an interesting time as Lord Lieutenant, and could not have enjoyed it more. I am sure Angus Campbell will equally appreciate the privilege of undertaking this role.”

Debbie Ward, Clerk to the Lieutenancy and Chief Executive of Dorset County Council, said: “I am very pleased that Angus Campbell has been appointed to succeed Mrs Pitt-Rivers as Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset.

“Mrs Pitt-Rivers has been a wonderful representative of Her Majesty The Queen in Dorset and will be long remembered for all the work she has done for the county.

"In Angus Campbell we are fortunate to have a successor who is as knowledgeable as he is passionate about the county and I look forward to working with him in his new role. “

Angus Campbell was also Chair of both the Dorset Olympic Board and Strategic Leaders Board for the South West. He has also been a Governor of several schools in the county.

Mr Campbell said: “It is extremely humbling to have been honoured with the responsibility of representing Her Majesty The Queen in this wonderful county. Dorset and its people are remarkable in so many ways and I am very much looking forward to working across the county within this very special role.

“I am very aware of the tremendous work that has been done by Mrs Valerie Pitt-Rivers over recent years and it is such an honour to be chosen to succeed her.”

Mr Campbell lives in Iwerne Minster with his wife, Carola, and has two daughters.