Ruby Bhatti, who has dedicated around 25-years in advisory roles for her home city of Bradford, says she is humbled to be handed a prestigious county honour.

Solicitor Dr Ruby Bhatti OBE has over three decades experience in the legal field and holds numerous non-executive directorships across the housing, education, youth, and health sectors, has been appointed as one of six new Deputy Lieutenants for West Yorkshire.

She says: “I was so honoured to be appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant, and I am determined to support the Lord Lieutenant and the King to bring closer links between the Lieutenancy and the wonderful work that is happening in all communities across the county.

Lord Lieutenant Mr Ed Anderson announced the six newly appointed Deputy Lieutenants for West Yorkshire

“This appointment will also help me to foster good relations and understanding between the different kinds of organisations and individual contributions in every part of the county.

“Having over 30 years experience supporting the voluntary and third sector, I have first-hand experience of the impact volunteers have supporting local charities. I feel privileged through this role I will be able to highlight this work!”

Dr Bhatti OBE sits on the Service User and Carers Advisory Board in the Faculty of Health Studies at the University of Bradford.

Talking about her day-to-day role she says: “I am very fortunate as my day to day role varies each day. There is no day that is the same!

“The work I do can be locally, regionally and nationally where I attend meetings around advocating insight and knowledge about Bradford people’s voices as a patient or carer.

“I am also a reviewer for the NHS Innovation Accelerator committee; ACCIA (Advisory Committee on Clinical Impact Awards) Department of Health and Social Care and NHS and some evenings are spent reviewing applications.

“In the week, I also carry out legal work part-time as a solicitor.

“In between this, I am also an associate lecturer at the University of Bradford supporting teaching in the School of Law in term time and Faculty of Health throughout the year.”