A pilot who was killed in a devastating helicopter crash on Wednesday is believed to be Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for North Yorkshire, Mr Barry Dodd CBE (top right in the above photo).
Barry Dodd was tragically killed when the helicopter came down in the village of Aldborough, North Yorkshire, on Wednesday afternoon. No other passengers were believed to be in the helicopter at the time.
North Yorkshire Police confirmed the news on Thursday. They tweeted, ‘Pilot named following helicopter crash near Aldborough.
‘Whilst we await formal identification, we believe he is Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for North Yorkshire, Mr Barry Dodd CBE.’
It’s sure to be sad news for the Queen, who worked with Barry on a number of occasions. On the North Yorkshire Lieutenency website, it is revealed that the monarch made him her Lord-Lieutenant for North Yorkshire in September 2014, and was “pleased” with the decision.
The Queen has various Lord-Lieutenants across the UK, and they are her representatives across the country. Generally speaking, they are, “charged with upholding the dignity of the Crown” in their constituency.
In practical terms, it means that Barry was responsible for promoting civic, commerical, voluntary and social ventures within his area, on behalf of Her Majesty.
Barry was also an entrepreneur, and worked with tech companies. The North Yorkshire Lieutenancy website also says that he dedicated one day a week to ‘unpaid public service’, for the last 11 years.
Downing Street shared on their website that Barry was passionate about creating job opportunities in rural areas. They said, ‘Barry Dodd is a serial entrepreneur who has a passion for creating employment in rural areas and for providing job opportunities for ex-offenders and the young unemployed.’
In previous years, Barry Dodd has accompanied the Queen on various engagements in the North Yorkshire county, as the representative for the area. He was awarded his CBE in 2014, by Prince Charles.
Barry’s wife, Frances Dodd, has since paid tribute to her husband following the sad news, and shared his pride in serving for the Queen.
She called him, “intelligent, compassionate and visionary”, and also said, “he enjoyed great business success but just as important to him was his devotion to public service and helping others.
“He was particularly proud to serve as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for North Yorkshire.”
The Queen has so far not issued a public statement on the news.