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

2019 New Year's Honours for Essex

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

First Responders awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

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Volunteers of the Stanford, Corringham and Tilbury Community First Responders have helped save hundreds of lives attending life-threatening emergency ...

Thurrock Mind outstanding

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Thurrock Mind, a mental health charity, won the 2018 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for its outstanding work.


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With the winners @Essex_CC of the excellent @EssexRotary District 1240 ‘Youth Speaks’ Senior Finals Competition, Finn Lihoreau Elliott Wood and Finn Aylott from Bishop Stortford High School. Great oratory! Very good luck at the Regional Final in March!

Great to see participants from @BerksACF_DofE @CheshireACF @ClevelandCadets @DerbyshireACF @DevonArmyCadets @EssexACF @Dorsetacf @LancsArmyCadets @nottsacf @SomersetACF @SurreyACF @Staffsacf @YorkshireACF being presented with their Gold DofE Awards today!

Arriving with two of my @Essex_LL cadets @AngliaRuskin for the excellent #Essex Wing Air Training Corps Award evening. Many outstanding cadets. Very smartly turned out. @aircadets

SJAEssexCOTY on Twitter

“Was an absolute honour tonight attending the Annual #Essex Wing Air Training Corps Presentation Evening with @Essex_LL at @AngliaRuskin univers...


Very interesting briefing from the Essex @stjohnambulance yesterday. Doing valuable work in our community and abroad.

Very pleased to attend @ChelmsCouncil Chelmsford Holocaust Memorial Day where students from local secondary schools spoke. Ernest Simon, born in Eisenstadt Austria in 1930 and came to England as part of the Kindertransport in 1939 was the main speaker. A very moving occasion.

Wonderful presentation evening. 200 young people @3rdChalkwellBay showing how with outstanding support and leadership from up to 100 volunteers providing life skills and service and fun you can have a great time! @SouthendBC
Thank you for inviting me

Holocaust Memorial Day @RayIeigh @RochfordDC very moving ceremony conducted by Rev David Oxtoby and a talk by Mr Leslie Kleinman BEM whose large family lived in the Carpathian Mountains but who was the family’s sole survivor of Auschwitz.

It was a great pleasure to represent @Essex_LL last night for the #Harlow @EssexVPC awards. Commendations to local @EssexPoliceUK officers too. Inspiring evening.

Great to see two of the @Essex_LL Deputy Lieutenants supporting B Coy #Essex ACF during their Basic Training & Enrolment Ceremony yesterday in front of approx 200 family & friends. Both Mr Twinley DL and Col Thomas TD*DL presented cadets with star badges and with other awards.

Thank you Jack good to have the new Lord-Lieutenant’s St John Ambulance Cadet at a special evening @CCathedral privileged to have the Archbishop of Canterbury @JustinWelby preaching, invited by Yvonne Spence @ChelmsMayor and husband John.

SJAEssexCOTY on Twitter

“Earlier with @Essex_LL and @JustinWelby (The Archbishop of Canterbury)”


Thank you very much for sending me this! Acorn Village is a wonderful happy place, it was lovely to see pictures of what you do and of some of my new friends.

Acorn Village on Twitter

“Thank you so much @Essex_LL for your support. Here's a little glimpse into life at Acorn Village during 2018 https://t.co/rThOJdOoSk via @YouTu...


I was delighted to represent @Essex_LL to present awards just before Christmas to TS Dragon ⚓️ SeaCadets in #Thurrock. Well done best cadet LC Naomi. All hosted by Rev Darren Barlow at Grays parish church and preceded by lovely carol service.