New deputy lieutenants for Ayrshire

Carolyn Blyth
Carolyn Blyth

Her Majesty The Queen has appointed Mrs Carolyn Blyth, Mr Nigel Martin and Mr Matt Smith to be Deputy Lieutenants for Ayrshire and Arran

Carolyn Blyth is a long term resident in the Dunlop area where she is deeply involved in local community life. She has been Chair of Dunlop and Lugton Community Council and Chair of Dunlop Regeneration Group and is currently a Director of Dunlop and Lugton Park Association, the Chair of Dunlop Friends of the Ayrshire Hospice and an Elder of Dunlop Kirk.

Carolyn and her husband Mike have two sons and three grandchildren and live near Dunlop. Among her wide ranging interests are skiing, travel and walking.

Nigel Martin has since 1980 been a solicitor in private practice and since 1992 on his own account in Ayr. He is a long term Clerk to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ayrshire and Arran having since his appointment in 1988 served 3 Lord-Lieutenants.

Throughout his life he has devoted significant time, expertise and enthusiasm to charitable fundraising for a wide variety of causes. He has taken on a number of roles: Director and Company Secretary of ALERT: founder Director of Achievers International; founder of Legends Golf Challenge; organiser of Ayr Fireworks Display at Ayr Racecourse; Director, Vice-Chairman and Chairman of Ayrshire Hospice; President Glasgow Ayrshire Society; and was a winner of the Law Society of Scotland Charity of Law Award. In 2007 his contribution was recognised with the award of MBE.

Matt Smith was born in Kilwinning, Ayrshire in 1952 and attended Stevenston Primary and Higher Grade school and then Ardrossan Academy.

Following a brief period with Irvine Development Corporation, Matt was appointed as an officer in NALGO and became head of the organisation in Scotland. In 1993 he was appointed as Scottish Secretary of UNISON, a post he held until 2010.

He served as President of the STUC (1999/2000) and held a range of appointments with the BBC, the Church of Scotland, the Equal Opportunities Commission (Scotland) and the SCDI where he was appointed an Honorary Fellow.

Since leaving UNISON Matt has taken on a range of roles including: Scottish Human Rights Commissioner; Member, the Scottish Standards Commission; Non Executive Director roles with Scottish Water, Irvine Bay Regeneration Company and Unity Enterprise.