At the AGM of the Mersey Commandery, Chevalier Sab Losy KLJ retired after nearly five years as Commander. The Chancellor has been pleased to appoint Dame Lesley Martin-Wright DLJ as his successor.
Lesley writes: “I am both delighted and honoured to be the new Mersey Commander.
"By way of background information, by birth I am a native of Northumberland, and one of my ancestors was the highly regarded romantic painter, engraver and illustrator, John Martin. Sadly, I do not possess any of his paintings. I left the North East in my early twenties to spend 12 months working and living in Singapore, which was a wonderful experience. After my return I spent 10 years living and working in London, during which time I got was married and had two children (Alexander Martin-Wright, now 23, who joined the Order in the rank of Esquire in 2008). Approximately 20 years ago the family had the opportunity to relocate to Liverpool, which we now call 'home'. I have recently changed career, from head of marketing in a commercial law firm, to become Chief Executive of Knowsley Chamber of Commerce.
"The North West offers huge potential, and, of course, immense challenges. In my new role as Commander of Mersey I will be continuing the excellent work commenced by Dr Andrew Zsigmond and continued latterly by Sab Losy. St Lazarus has an international remit and sphere of influence; the Mersey Commandery will continue to play an important part in raising funds and supporting the Order's charitable works across the globe. We will also strive to make an impact on those less well known charities within our borders, which, during these difficult economic climes, are also in great need. Mersey Commandery is drafting a programme of events for 2010-2011 which will be circulated and advertised shortly.”