Robert Voss CBE CStJ
Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire
Robert graduated in Management Science from Manchester University and The Manchester Business School in 1975 and went on to spend 40 years in the commodity business trading internationally in over 65 countries-running his own company for the last 28 years.
He was elected President of The British Metals Association at the age of 31 and went on to become President of the European Metal Federation in Brussels for 16 years and Vice president of the International Federation for over 20 years-acting as the UK representative in various trade and environmental negotiations. He also chaired the International Trade Council for 7 years.
Robert has a keen interest in young entrepreneurs and been a judge and mentor for Young Enterprise for a number of years and also established and ran a Young Entrepreneurs Challenge and more recently his own highly successful Lord-Lieutenants Entrepreneurs Challenge at The Herts County Show as well as investing in a number of young companies.
He has been a regular judge of The National Business Awards since 2006 and has acted as a consultant, mentor and non-exec to a number of companies.
Robert was awarded a CBE “for services to British Industry and voluntary work in the UK” in the New Year’s Honours List of 2014 and was appointed Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire by The Queen in 2017-a position he will hold until 2028.
In February 2020, The Queen sanctioned Robert being honoured as a Commander in the Order of St John (CStJ).
He is Patron and President of a number of local and national charities and is active in Holocaust education.
Robert and his wife Celia have 3 children and 2 grandchildren and have lived in Hertfordshire for over 30 years and his hobbies include most sports-especially Golf, Cricket, Cycling, Rugby and Soccer as well as Travel, Music and Family.
The Lord-Lieutenant is President/Patron of a number of organisations including:
- Chairman – Advisory Committee- Magistrates for Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
- Governor – University of Hertfordshire
- President – Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust
- President – East Anglian Reserve Forces and Cadet Association
- President – Hertfordshire Community Foundation
- President – Hertfordshire County Forum
- President – Hertfordshire Scouts
- President – Lord Taverners Hertfordshire
- President – Magistrates Association of Hertfordshire
- President – St John’s County Priory Group
- Vice-President – Tring Park School for the Performing Arts
- Patron – AJEX – The Association of Jewish Ex-Service Men & Women
- Patron – Cure Parkinson’s Trust
- Patron – Electric Umbrella
- Patron – Future Living Hertford
- Patron – Herts Welcomes Refugees
- Patron – Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain
- Patron – Peace Hospice Care
- Patron – One Vision
- Patron – Rennie Grove Hospice Care
- Patron – The Hospice of St. Francis
- Patron – The Road Victims Trust
- Patron – Tilehouse Counselling
- Patron – Young Person of the Year (YOPEY)
- Vice-Patron – The Friends of St. Albans Cathedral
- Ambassador – Keech Hospice Care