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Professor Veronica Pickering MBS HAC

His Majesty The King appointed Professor Veronica Pickering MBS HAC as His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire to succeed Sir John Peace Kt CVO CStJ on 2 March 2024.


Veronica Moraa Pickering is a social entrepreneur. A former UK Social Worker and Children's Guardian, Veronica was an International Child Protection Consultant for the UN and many NGOs across Africa, supporting vulnerable people and their families.

In 2022 she was awarded the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (M.B.S) for service to Kenya by the President.

She now works as an Executive Coach and partnership specialist with a number of companies and organisations across the UK.

A strong supporter of the arts and wildlife conservation charities, she is a Trustee of the RSPB and Nottinghamshire YMCA (Robin Hood Group), and Ambassador for The Woodland Trust and UK RAF Museums. She is also visiting Professor to Lincoln International Business School. She is the first black woman to be appointed the Royal Air Force (RAF) Honorary Air Commodore (HAC) for 504 County of Nottingham Squadron.

Veronica is a former High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire (2023/24) and is married to the Nottinghamshire-born artist Roy Pickering. They have two adult children and live near Nottingham.


The announcement of Veronica’s appointment as Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire can be found on HM Government’s website at: Appointment of Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire: 6 December 2023 - GOV.UK (

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