The Queen approved the appointment of Elaine Grieve as Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Orkney in February 2019. She took over from Keith Johnson who retired from the position having reached the statutory retirement age. Elaine is the first woman to fill this post in 300 years since the Orkney Lieutenancy was established in 1715.
A Masters graduate of Glasgow University, Elaine is a former head teacher, an Honorary Sheriff and former Assistant Chief Executive of Orkney Islands Council; she will assist the Lord-Lieutenant - Bill Spence - during the last year of his Lieutenancy duties.
Elaine, who lives in Firth, has Rousay, Longhope and Kirkwall family connections, and attended Kirkwall Grammar School before teacher training in Aberdeen. She has wide interests in music, the arts and the voluntary sector; she is presently involved with the Orkney Folk Festival, the Pier Arts Centre Trust, Orkney Housing Association and Voluntary Action Orkney, where she is Vice-Chair.
Commenting on her appointment she said: “It’s an honour to have been considered for this role. I have family connections with the Orkney Lieutenancy and it’s such a great privilege to have been appointed Vice Lord-Lieutenant. I very much look forward to supporting the Lord-Lieutenant in his duties."