The Lord-Lieutenant, with the Queen's approval, appoints a Vice Lord-Lieutenant from amongst the Deputy Lieutenants who will be given such duties as the Lord-Lieutenant may from time to time decide. The Vice Lord-Lieutenant in particular however stands in the place of the Lord-Lieutenant when she is away
The current Vice Lord-Lieutenant is Mr Alasdair MacConachie who was appointed in 2002.
Alasdair is the Managing Director of the Sherwoods Group a main GM dealer that has been in business for 85 years.
Alasdair is very active in the local community. He is Chairman of St Teresa's Hospice, Darlington, the Chairman of Darlington College and Chairman of Durham School. Alasdair gives a great deal of support to the Forces and is the Chairman of the Independent Advisory Panel for the Infantry Training Centre at Catterick. He regards his chairmanship of the Darlington Partnership as one of his most exciting community challenges.
Alasdair was given the Freedom of the Borough of Darlington in 2012, is a past High Sheriff, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from the Teesside University and received an OBE in 2004