The Lord-Lieutenant

Mrs Julie Spence OBE QPM

In April 2017, Julie Spence was appointed by Her Majesty The Queen as the 37th Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, the Sovereign’s representative in the County and a post that she will hold until 2030.

After four years at Liverpool University and I M Marsh College of Physical Education where Julie trained to teach PE and Biology, she moved to the West Country to take up a teaching post but soon discovered teaching was not for her.

In 1978, Julie joined Avon and Somerset Police and was posted to South Bristol. After postings to CID, community policing, the force communications centre, the Family and Child Protection Unit, the Press Office and uniform operations, she was seconded to the Association of Chief Police Officers secretariat in London for two years.

In 1999, Julie was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police, where she held the Corporate Development and Territorial Policing portfolios. She was appointed as Deputy Chief Constable for Cambridgeshire Constabulary in April 2004, and was responsible for Operational Policing for the County. In 2005 Julie was appointed Acting Chief Constable and subsequently appointed Chief Constable in 2005.

In the Queen’s 80th Birthday Honours, Julie was awarded an OBE for her management of complex and contentious organisational issues, leadership of Thames Valley’s contribution to the operations to protect Heathrow and the Queen Mother’s funeral, her work for the ACPO Terrorism and Allied Matters Committee on Royalty and VIP Protection and her strong leadership and determination in taking forward the Gender Agenda and the development of the British Association of Women in Policing (BAWP), which have both become major drivers for gender equality in British policing. She was President of BAWP for 10 years (2000-2010).

In 2008 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by Anglia Ruskin University: then in the 2010 New Year’s Honours list she received the Queens Police Medal (QPM).  In September 2010, after a 32 year career, she retired from policing.


The Lord-Lieutenant’s charity involvements, patronages and trusteeships include:



The Lord-Lieutenants of Cambridgeshire and Essex alternately chair the advisory committee which recommends the appointment of magistrates in these counties to the Lord Chancellor.

Magistrates are volunteers who hear cases in courts in their community. They can hear cases in the criminal court, the family court, or both.  There are some 100 or so magistrates in Cambridgeshire, who sit in courts in Cambridge, Huntingdon and Peterborough, see

For information on the work of magistrates and how to apply, see