A head and shoulders shot of Lord Lieutenant of Essex Jennifer Tolhurst. She wears a dark jacket with the Lord Lieutenant medal on her left breast. She wears a necklaces of two short strings of pearls, pearl stud earrings and a dark pillbox hat. Behind her is a Union Jack unfurled and stained glass windows.

The Essex Lieutenancy

HM Lord Lieutenant of Essex

Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Essex is Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, the first woman to be appointed to the office in the county since it was established in the 1500s.

She is Her Majesty the Queen’s personal representative in the county.

The main duty of the Lord-Lieutenant is to uphold the dignity of the Crown in Essex, including encouraging voluntary service and benevolent organisations, helping to create a spirit of co-operation in the county, supporting business and industry and the social life of Essex. The appointment is non-political and unpaid.

Good News from Essex

Essex businesses urged to aim for prestigious awards

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The Lord-Lieutenant's Business Excellence in Essex initiative urges companies to show their strengths and bid for The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

Record number of Essex voluntary groups receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services for 2019

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Nine voluntary groups from across the county have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services.

2019 Queen's Birthday Honours for Essex

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Congratulations to all of those recognised in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours, for their services to their communities.


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Part of the stunning collection of Latin American Art at the Silberrad Centre at Essex University.

Wednesday morning Graduation @essexuniversity in the Ivor crew building. Great celebrations from the many students from the Department of Government, and the School of Biological Sciences.

Many congratulations to Ultimotive on achieving the Queen’s Award For Enterprise, it was a great pleasure to be there. @TheQueensAwards @yourcolchester

Ultimotive on Twitter

“This week the Lord Lieutenant of Essex came to the @Ultimotive office to present our #queensaward emblem. #awardwinning #familybusiness #export...


Combined attending The Chairman of Rochford District Council’s happy Garden Party with joining my husband on his boat at Paglesham to sail back to base

LIEUTENANCY OF Essex announced today

Mr Jeremy FINNIS,
Mrs Sidra NAEEM
Mrs Fiona NELMES
Lieutenant Colonel Hugh TOLER MBE

Recently @the_ttrust hosted the largest #ArmedForcesCovenant signing where 23 Academies signed their pledges, 11 of those are located in #EastAnglia. Congratulations to all of you, we look forward to working with you on your #DefenceJourney

A message from Her Majesty The Queen:

“Prince Philip and I send our warmest congratulations to the England Men’s Cricket team after such a thrilling victory in today’s World Cup Final.” (1/2) #CricketWorldCup

A young person’s successful contribution to dairy farmer and president of this year’s Tendring Show, Philip Smith’s theme ‘the delights of dairy’ @tendringshow

Ideal weather @tendringshow a great one day Agricultural Show demonstrating how farmers work hard to feed us. Fruit, vegetables, grains, livestock, farm equipment and machinery. Many entertainments for all ages. A really good day out. Thank you for asking me!

Essex @ymcaessex are doing an outstanding job supporting young people from 0 to 25, the testimonies from the older recipients of awards showed so much maturity kindnesss and wisdom, a reflection of the care they have received. @Essex_CC @ChelmsCouncil @yourcolchester

ChelmsfordCVS on Twitter

“Honoured to attend YMCA Essex celebration event tonight @AngliaRuskin @ymcaessex”


Congratulations Peldon and RCCE for all that you do to help our Essex villages thrive and be great places to live. Very good to be with you on your 90th anniversary! @RCCEssex

RCCE on Twitter

“And the winners of Essex Village of the Year 2019 is - Peldon!!! Very many congratulations!! A massive amount of community projects in a tiny ...


Chaired the Recently united Essex and Cambridgeshire Lord Chancellors Advisory Committee. We are working at increasing recruitment for new Magistrates. Being a Justice of the Peace is important and interesting work. @MagsAssoc

Evening @cressingtemple for the Friends fo Cressing Temple Garden Party. Watched the charming and informative film of the history of the restoration of the Garden made from old archive material and opened new Pergola. Learned much about old herbs from excellent guide.

Excellent evening at County Hall Chelmsford presenting commissioning scrolls to Adult Sea Cadet Volunteers. Many years of service recorded. Congratulations and thank you to all.

Privileged to unveil plaque at Little Totham’s ‘Tommy’ war memorial on 100 anniversary of the signing of Treaty of Versailles. A wonderful village occasion organised by Richard Siddall and his team. Martin Barraud the artist who created the ‘Tommy’ also came and was much moved.

Delighted to go to a reception at Chelmsford County High School for Girls @CCHS4G to mark the retirement of their Headteacher Mrs Nicole Chapman. Many wonderful tributes given by students and staff. Beautifully organised, thank you very much for asking me.

Invited to speak at the Causeway Business Forum @MaldonDC an opportunity to spread the word about @TheQueensAwards for Enterprise. Thank you for inviting me!

Don’t delay – start your #QueensAwards application today!

Award categories include International Trade, Innovation and Promoting Opportunity.
Apply here: https://t.co/WtsKwjixUw

#IndustrialStrategy @beisgovuk @RoyalFamily @innovateuk @tradegovuk

On #ArmedForcesDay 🇬🇧 & #Veteranendag 🇳🇱 two #NorthSeaNeighbours, the mayors of @yourcolchester & @Gem_Renkum, are in Colchester to sign a bond of friendship recognising their close historical connection during @16AirAssltBde’s Garrison show