Mrs Stella Burnside OBE, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of County Londonderry died on Saturday 16th July 2021.

She was appointed Deputy Lieutenant by Sir Denis Desmond on 4th July 2002 and Vice Lord-Lieutenant on 29th January 2015 and when Mrs Alison Millar became Lord-Lieutenant she re-appointed Mrs Burnside in that role as Vice Lord-Lieutenant.

Mrs Burnside was a nurse who became Chief Executive of Altnagelvin Hospital Trust. In addition to her career she contributed to the wider community by her membership of a number of important public and professional bodies throughout the United Kingdom. Her contribution was always inclusive within our often divided community. She was awarded an OBE for her work.

She is survived by her husband Mr Sam Burnside MBE, her three children and five grandchildren.

Her work within the Lieutenancy was hugely valued by both Mrs Millar and Sir Denis Desmond and the Lieutenancy mourns her passing.