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Durham alumnus appointed as Queen’s representative

(6 April 2020)

One of our former students, Dr Arnab Basu (Physics, Ustinov College, 2003), has been appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of County Durham by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham, Sue Snowdon.

Arnab is Chief Executive at Kromek, an international technology group and leading supplier of radiation detection equipment based at NETPark in County Durham.

Durham inspired

Speaking about his appointment, Arnab said: “I am deeply honoured and humbled to be appointed to this prestigious role. County Durham has been home to me for over two decades and it is where we have grown as a family. My time in Durham University, professional career with Kromek and wide ranging involvement in the local community has provided me with experience that I can draw on to support the Lord-Lieutenant’s work and help to make a positive difference.”

Arnab and our worldwide community of alumni know the value of being Durham inspired. That value is demonstrated by their hard-won achievements while at Durham and beyond. It lives on in the friendships and connections that began here and continue to endure, making them part of a lifelong global community of extraordinary Durham people.

The appointment

Arnab was selected for appointment following many years of dedicated service to his local community within the voluntary sector as well as business sector. In addition to his work with Kromek, he has been a prominent member of the local community supporting mental health charities, sports organisations, the Health Service as the Chair of the Academic Health Science Network and supporting British businesses as a Council member of Innovate UK.

As Deputy Lieutenant, Arnab will support the Lord-Lieutenant in her duties that include promoting a good atmosphere and spirit of co-operation by the encouragement she gives to voluntary service, and to benevolent organisations, and by the interest she takes in the business, industrial and social life of County Durham.

The title Lord-Lieutenant is given to the British Monarch’s personal representatives throughout the United Kingdom. They have performed various tasks throughout history including raising local militia units and numerous ceremonial duties.