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

2020 New Year 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.

Anniversary of the D-Day Landings, Bayeux

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As part of the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings, Col Charles Thomas TD DL laid a wreath at Bayeux on behalf of the Lord-Lieutenant of 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.


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If you know a person or organisation who has made a significant difference in their community or field of work, or who has achieved great things against the odds, then please consider nominating them for an honour.

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Leslie Nicoll from #Dovercourt has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the Essex Fire and Rescue Service @ECFRS and to the community.

Celebrating 50 years with the fire service next week, Leslie created Walk and Talk:

Congratulations to @_JuniorSmart for his #NewYearHonours OBE. A testament to amazing work tackling #seriousviolence & #countylines over the last 15 years through developing @StGilesTrustSOS Full statement to follow on our website once we've solved some technical issues folks

Congratulations to the following on their well deserved awards in the New Years Honours List 2020 Colonel David Kane, Lt Col Joanne Eccles, Major Kim Humberstone, Bryan Catchpole, Mark Saunders and John McMaster. Well done to them all

Great to be @WithamAirCadets 295 (Witham and Rivenhall) Squadron, the home of this year’s Lord-Lieutenant’s Air Cadet Rebecca Cordiero. She has had a tremendous year attending 40 events. Congratulations Rebecca! Excellent presentations from everyone.

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“Last night, the sqn had our AGM and annual presentation evening. We looked back on the sqn’s achievements over the past year, with a few ...


Many many congratulations Stephen, we will miss you and Rebecca. Wonderful to hear your words @HMPChelmsford at the prison carol service last week.

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“I am humbled, honoured and excited. Please pray for me. https://t.co/6UXeuxW2jn”


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