Solihull teenager selected as Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet

17-year-old Olivia Tennant has been selected as a Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet – a first for Solihull to have their own representative in the borough.

The Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, John Crabtree OBE, is Her Majesty’s personal representative supporting civic, ceremonial, voluntary, charitable and social activity. Olivia will attend events in support of the Lord Lieutenant.

The teenager is currently studying for A-Levels at Solihull School, where she is also a history scholar.

It is the first time Solihull has had a Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet, and it’s also a first for Solihull School in 120 years of having a cadet force.

Having been in Solihull Combined Cadet Force as an Army Cadet since she was 13 years old, Olivia is now a Staff Sergeant. She was recommended by her Major to be a Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet because of her performance as an army cadet and fundraising activities for local charity Troop Aid.

For Troop Aid, she persuaded her fellow cadets to pack bags at Sainsburys Marshall Lake and climbed Pen-y-Fan during Storm Barney, raising over £2,000 to provide equipment for injured ex servicemen.

Olivia was recently inaugurated at the Council House in Birmingham. As a Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet she will attend various events over the next 12 months with the Lord Lieutenant and his deputies, particularly when members of the Royal family visit the area.