Rochdale woman appointed as Deputy Lieutenant

Date published: 01 April 2024

A Rochdale resident has been appointed as a new Deputy Lieutenant to the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Diane Hawkins JP LLB.

Deputy Lieutenants are appointed for their endeavours over many years working to enhance the fabric of Greater Manchester.

Catherine Louise Scott, known to all as Louise, who lives in Rochdale and works in her family's construction business H Bell and Sons Rochdale Ltd.

She said: “I’m incredibly proud and humbled to have been appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant, joining an excellent team and representing the King in our local area. As someone born in Rochdale, I’ve always got a lot out of helping people and organisations in our town, so receiving this recognition and responsibility has been wonderful.

“I’m looking forward to continuing my involvement with the local causes I’ve supported, and to meeting even more inspiring people in our communities.”


Louise Scott and Chris Bell
Louise Scott planting a tree at Taylor Park in Bamford


Louise's story is one of remarkable dedication and commitment, professionally and in service to her community. After leaving school, she began her career at NatWest Bank, while nurturing her passion for culinary arts through evening classes and certifications in catering.

Louise moved to her family's construction business, H Bell & Sons (Rochdale) Ltd in 1990, intending to support her father's retirement for a year. However, her love for the industry and its daily challenges meant she couldn’t leave. She works alongside her brother and her husband, a situation she describes as ‘interesting’! Today, she manages various aspects of the business, while advocating for diversity and youth engagement in the construction sector through her work with the company’s teams and local schools and colleges.

Beyond her work, Louise has been married to Michael Scott for 34 years and is a beacon of support for numerous community causes. She tirelessly fundraises for Springhill Hospice Rochdale, champions environmental sustainability through Rochdale and Norden in Bloom, and lends her support to initiatives like Petrus Incredible Edibles and WHAG, providing aid to vulnerable people in her home town. Additionally, she is a devoted supporter of the Jolly Josh charity, fostering nurturing environments for children and families.

In her leisure time, Louise enjoys family activities, gardening, photography, and furthering her culinary skills.

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