The Queen appoints a Lord-Lieutenant as her representative in each county. In October 2010 Dame Janet Trotter OBE DBE CVO was made the Lord-Lietenant of Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire. The role is non-political and unpaid.

Vice Lord-Lieutenant: Robert Bernays

Clerk to the Lieutenancy: Peter Bungard.

The Lord-Lieutenant has a number of ceremonial roles. For example, she helps to make the arrangements and formally receive the Queen or other members of the Royal Family or heads of state when they visit the county. She may also be asked to act on behalf of the Queen, for example, in presenting awards and honours.

The Lord-Lieutenant maintains links with the armed forces and emergency services and is also the patron or president of a number of county charities. Much of her time, however, will be given to actively supporting the civic life of the county, working with local councils and agencies, the emergency services, schools, charities and the voluntary sector.

Janet Trotter has a background in education and health.  She helped to create the University of Gloucestershire in 2001 and was involved, as a non-executive director, in NHS organisations in the county from 1992 to 2010.  She is a member of the Chapter of Gloucester Cathedral and is President of Age UK (Gloucestershire) and Carers Gloucestershire.

She is passionate about social justice, equality and inclusivity.

She has a Bachelor of Diversity degree (London), an MA in Education and Religion (London), an MSc in Management Science (Brunel / Henley).

She was awarded an OBE in 1991 and a DBE in 2001.

Dame Janet was appointed as Lord Lieutenant in 2010 and will complete her appointment in October 2018.