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NRI, Paul Sabapathy appointed Lord-Lieutenant & represent Queen Elizabeth
Paul will be the Queen's personal representative to the county


London, August 28, 2007
Paramjit Kaur
NRI Press

The Queen has appointed NRI Paul Chandrasekharan Sabapathy, 64, Esq CBE as Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the County of the West Midlands following the retirement of Sir Robert Taylor KCVO.

  • Mr Paul Chandrasekharan Sabapathy is currently Chairman and Pro Chancellor of the University of Central England (UCE Birmingham).
  • He is currently Chair of Birmingham East and North Primary Care Trust, Vice-Chair of the NHS Confederation Primary Care Trust Network, a Committee member of the Higher Education Funding Council and a Trustee of the Bourneville Village Trust.
  • He has been a member of the Boards of the Birmingham and Black Country Development Corporations, of the Standards Board for England, and of the National Blood Authority.
  • Hold Chair of the West Midlands Industrial Development Board.
  • President of Walsall Chamber of Commerce,
  • Deputy Chair of the Committee of University Chairmen, and a Trustee of the Refugee Council and the New Walsall Art Gallery.
  • He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Mr Sabapathy will retire as Chairman from UCE Birmingham next April.

Mr Sabapathy was awarded the OBE for services to urban regeneration in 1995 and a CBE in 2004 for services to business and education in the West Midlands.

NRI Paul was born in Chennai, India,. He moved to the UK in 1964 when he was 21, after studying at Lawrence School, Lovedale and Madras Christian College.

He completed a Masters Degree from Aston University and qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant. He became a British citizen in 1984.

After a 28-year career in industry, holding senior positions with IMI plc, and retiring as Assistant Managing Director of IMI Titanium in 1996, he became the Chief Executive of North Birmingham Community NHS Trust, serving until 2000.

Mr Sabapathy lives in Sutton Coldfield, is married to Win, and they have two adult children.




  • Queen Elizabeth's personal representative in the West Midlands.
  • The West Midlands covers Birmingham, Britain's second largest city, Coventry, Solihull, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell, and Dudley, with a total population of about 3.5 million.
  • Duty to uphold the dignity of the Crown
  • The office dates from the reign of Henry VIII (1509-1547) in the Tudor days, and the Lord-Lieutenant was originally responsible for the maintenance of order and for local defence.