The current Lord-Lieutenant is Dame Sarah Goad DCVO JP. She can be contacted at County Hall.
In England and Wales, Her Majesty The Queen appoints the Lord-Lieutenant for each County on the advice of the Prime Minister who consults widely in the County concerned. The fundamental principle concerning the office is that she is Her Majesty's representative and consequently it is her first and foremost duty to uphold the dignity of the Crown.
The Lord-Lieutenant therefore stands apart from politics in her County. The office is unpaid and the age of retirement is 75. As the Monarch's representative, the Lord-Lieutenant attends and is responsible for the arrangements for all Royal visits, presenting medals and awards, advises on submissions for honours nominations, prepares the guest list for Royal Garden Parties and advises on matters concerning the Crown. As Keeper of the Rolls and Chief Magistrate in the County the Lord-Lieutenant chairs the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committees for the appointment of Magistrates.
The Lord-Lieutenant maintains close links with the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force in connection with the Territorial units.
The Lord-Lieutenant will be interested in all aspects of life within the County - both voluntary and statutory as well as business, social and cultural including nominations for the National Honours List.
Lord-Lieutenants are required to appoint Deputy Lieutenants within an establishment that varies according to the population of a county. In Surrey a maximum of 57 Deputy Lieutenants may be appointed. They are appointed by the Lord-Lieutenant, subject only to Her Majesty not disapproving the Commission. The letters 'DL' appear after their names. The Vice Lord-Lieutenant is appointed by the Lord -Lieutenant from among the Deputies.
The traditional links with the military have been preserved in the modern form in the association of the Lord-Lieutenant with the Territorial Army and other reserve forces. In recent years, the links between Lord-Lieutenants and the uniformed organisations have also led to support being given to a wide spectrum of voluntary groups.
From the earliest days the Lord-Lieutenant has also been closely associated with the Magistracy, and until the nineteenth century he was appointed the Clerk of the Peace. Today the Lord-Lieutenant usually holds the office of Keeper of the Rolls.
The first named Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey was William Parr, Marquis of Northampton, KG in 1551.