Deputy Lieutenants are appointed by the Lord-Lieutenant subject to HM The Queen not disapproving of the granting of their commission.  Once appointed they are holders of public office.


The number of Deputy Lieutenants in the county is calculated on the basis of population.  There are between 50 and 60 Deputy Lieutenants in Essex at any one time.


Deputy Lieutenants retire at the age of 75, although they still retain their title.

The Role of a Deputy Lieutenant

– Deputise for the Lord-Lieutenant or Vice-Lord-Lieutenant when necessary.

– Advise on nominations and honours, including the New Year’s Honours and the Queen’s Birthday Honours

– Help identify companies, enterprises and charities which might be considered for Queen’s Awards and help at every level with important awards and ceremonies

– Visit voluntary organisations and compile assessments for nominations for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS)

Deputy Lieutenants of Essex

Listed A-Z by surname. Click on a letter to jump through the alphabet…



A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Julia Abel Smith DL MA (Cantab)

Julia Abel Smith DL MA

Julia’s career has been in the art world and she produced a catalogue of oil paintings in public ownership in Essex in 2006; she is now working for Art UK recording the county’s publicly owned sculpture. From 2007 – 2009 she was Chairman of the Friends of Essex Churches Trust and was High Sheriff of Essex in 2013. She has served as an assessor for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and is currently a governor of Felsted School, a member of Chelmsford Cathedral Council and a patron of Open Road.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Professor Michael Alder DL

Professor Michael Alder DL

Professor Michael Alder was educated at Newcastle University and Hull University. Previously Vice Principal at Shuttleworth College he went on to be Principal of Writtle College. On retirement from Writtle he became Executive Director of the Federation of Essex Colleges. He is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society and Emeritus Professor of Rural Environment (University of Essex). Previously Chairman of Governors at New Hall School, he is involved with a number of trusts and charities and is currently a director of the Shuttleworth Trust and Chair of its Education and Research Committee. He is currently helping two charities with compliance and property matters.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Lt Col (Retired) Jacqueline Anne Allan QVRM TD DL

Lt Col (Retired) Jacqueline Anne Allan QVRM TD DL

Although born in Norfolk, Jackie has spent all her adult life in Essex. After graduation from St Andrews University, she worked initially for British Telecom, and also joined the local Territorial Army Royal Signals unit. Forty two years of service in the army reserve included command of 36 Signal Regiment in 1998-2000, mobilisation to Baghdad in 2006 as a liaison officer with the US Embassy, and tours as a TA staff officer with Royal Signals and Military Intelligence. She is President of the East London branch of the Royal Signals Association, and is on the Essex ABF committee. Since 2000, she has been the Deputy Chief Executive of East Anglia Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, with particular responsibility for cadets and youth.

Living in Rivenhall End, she was a primary school governor for sixteen years and organises the Silver End Burns Supper. Her principal hobby is piping with Essex Caledonian Pipe Band plus organising Colchester’s annual piping contest. Recently retired, she looks forward to having more time for family and gardening.

Professor Michael Almond QVRM AE DM MRAeS FRCP DL VR

Mike spent almost 25 years as a consultant physician at Southend University Hospital before leaving and joining Anglia Ruskin University as the Forces in Mind Trust Professor of Veterans and Families Studies in 2018. He has been an RAF Reserves Medical Officer for over 30 years being mobilised 5 times including duty in the Middle East, Afghanistan and South Sudan as an aeromedical evacuation officer and a physician. He is County Chairman of the Essex Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association, serves on the East of England Veterans Advisory Pensions Committee and sits on the Essex Civilian Military Partnership Board. As a Liveryman of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries he is a Freeman of the City of London. Originally from Yorkshire he has lived in Billericay since 1991 with his wife Jean.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Nicholas Alston CBE DL MA

Nicholas Alston CBE DL MA

Born and brought up in Essex, after a 32 year public service career in defence and security, Nick joined an investment bank becoming the firm’s global head of security. In 2012 he was elected the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex. He chairs a policing research institute at Anglia Ruskin University and since 2011 has been a non-executive director of a number of local and national public sector bodies. In November 2018 Nick was appointed Chair of Trustees of the Essex Community Foundation.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Stephen Bennett DL MSc FCIS

Stephen Bennett DL MSc FCG

Stephen Bennett was until 2016 the Secretary and Clerk at Anglia Ruskin University. He is a past UK President of The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, was a member of the Law Society Governance Review Group, Secretary of the Association of Universities in the East Of England and is a Freeman of the City of London. He has been a school and college governor, a director of Essex Business Link, a co-opted member of the Essex County Council Education Committee, a charity trustee and local government remuneration advisor. He is married to Nicola and they live in Chelmsford.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Dr James Bettley JP DL MA PhD FSA

Dr James Bettley JP DL MA PhD FSA

James Bettley is an architectural historian, whose publications include the Pevsner Architectural Guide to Essex (2007). He has contributed to successive volumes of the Victoria County History of Essex, and is a trustee of the Essex Heritage Trust. He was chairman of the Friends of Essex Churches Trust from 2012 to 2017, is a member and former chairman of the Chelmsford Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches, and serves on Chelmsford Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee. He has been a Justice of the Peace since 1996. Originally from Kent, he has lived in Great Totham since 1991 with his wife Lucy and their three children.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Mick Biegel OBE DL

Mick Biegel OBE DL

Working for The Army, in various guises, has been a large part of Mick’s career to date; 10 years in the Regular Army, 15 in the TA, 4 as the Senior Education Officer at the Military Corrective Training Centre (‘The Glasshouse’) in Colchester and 3 more as Commandant of Essex ACF. He was awarded the OBE on behalf of the successes of the team he was proud to lead at MCTC. He has also worked in a number of civilian training and HR appointments. He is an active Trustee of the Essex Youth Trust. Mick is married to Alison; a Director of Anglia Tours, and they have 2 grown up children – Tom and Holly.

Roger Brice DL

Roger is a Solicitor and Senior Partner of Gepps. He is a Higher Court Advocate specialising in Criminal and Military litigation practising in courts at home and abroad. He was a member of the Law Society’s Standing Committee on Criminal Law and a Member of the Criminal Justice Board for Essex Suffolk and Norfolk. He was Chairman of the United Kingdom Forces Law network and is a member of the Institute of Military Court Advocates. He is a trustee of the Rural Community Council of Essex and was appointed Under Sheriff of Essex in 2014.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Simon Brice DL

Simon Brice DL

Simon Brice is an arable farmer with aggregate and golf businesses. He also produces cricket bat willow and willow for ceremonial use. He is a trustee of the RCCE and Governor of Writtle University College. He is a member of the LEP and the Essex CLA Committee. His past commitments include County Chairman of Essex NFU, County and Regional Chairman of CLA, Chairman of Greater Essex Business Board, East Anglian Essex Flood Defence Committee and a member of the Essex Rural Commission Panel set up by Essex County Council. His interests include archaeology, especially Paleolithic, conservation and rugby. He is married to Emma with a son Oliver, and a daughter, Lucy.

Bryan Burrough DL

Bryan’s career was in the City, where he worked as an investment manager specialising in charities. He worked for Cazenove, BlackRock and Investec Wealth. He retired from the City in November 2017 as he became the Master of the Worshipful Company of Distillers for a year. He was then High Sheriff of Essex in 2018. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Newbury Racecourse PLC and a Trustee of Home-Start Essex and volunteers at the Homework Club on the Melbourne Estate in Chelmsford. He is married to keen gardener Philippa and they have two sons.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Christopher Butler DL

Christopher Butler DL

Christopher Butler is an arable farmer and businessman in north Essex involved locally as chairman of the village hall, parish councillor and trustee of the rest homes in Halstead. He is a keen wildlife conservationist nationally and on the farm. He is Essex chairman of CFE (Campaign for the Farmed Environment) and national chairman of FWAG (Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group) with sixty advisors going onto farms to advise on wildlife habitat creation and restoration.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Nicholas Charrington DL

Nicholas Charrington DL

Nicholas Charrington and his family live and work at Layer Marney Tower, a Tudor building that is both a visitor attraction and wedding and corporate events venue. Essex born and bred, Nicholas is involved with the Rural Community Council of Essex and the Essex Rural Fund, along with several other organisations. He is a great fan of the county of Essex and its inhabitants, loving the diversity and beauty of both place and person.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Lynda Chase-Gardener DL

Lynda Chase-Gardener DL

Lynda has spent many years running her family’s successful quarry and property business. She is Vice-Chairman of the Haven Gateway Partnership representing small business. Lynda is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Paviors and a Trustee and Director of a number of local Essex charities and trusts.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Peter Christian DL

Colonel (Ret'd) Peter Christian OBE DL

Peter Christian and his wife run a specialist structural repair company within the construction industry. Peter completed service with Essex ACF as Commandant before becoming Colonel Cadets with 7 Brigade & HQ East in Nottingham, with responsibility for all cadets within East Midlands and East Anglia. He serves on a number of committees related to the military reserve and cadets and also the ABF committee. He is Honorary Colonel to Essex ACF and a support DL to both Essex ACF and Chelmsford Sea Cadets. He remains keenly interested in the development of young people. Peter also volunteers as a Coastguard Rescue Officer with a local Coastguard Rescue Team.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Rear Admiral Roy Clare CBE DL

Rear Admiral Roy Clare CBE DL

Roy’s commands in the Royal Navy included the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible and the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. Since 2000 he has been Director of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Zealand. He is currently Chair of Chelmsford Cultural Development Trust. He was made CBE in 2007 ‘for services to museums’. Roy and his wife Sarah (an Anglican Priest) live in Tollesbury, from where they sail. They have three adult children and two granddaughters.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Charles Clark OBE QPM DL BA (Hons) MBA

Charles Clark OBE QPM DL BA (Hons) MBA

Former Deputy Chief Constable of Essex Police, Charles retired in 2006. For over ten years he led the ‘Youth Justice Agenda’ for the Police Service nationally. In 2001, Charles was seconded to the Youth Justice Board (YJB) for England and Wales as the First Director of Prevention, Board Member of the YJB 2007 – 2013. Charles was a founder Trustee of Essex Community Foundation (ECF) (1996), Chair 2003 – 2013 and Board Member until 2015, now Vice President. He was a Board Member of UK Community Foundations 2009 – 2016. Since retirement Charles has undertaken consultancy work for youth justice and fund development for Community Foundations. He has been a member of the Chelmsford Diocese Safeguarding Panel from 2006 to the present and was Chair of the Diocese in Europe Safeguarding Panel 2012 to 2017. He has chaired the Essex Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services Panel and the Essex Police Museum Trust since 2010. Currently he is Strategic Adviser to IntrOrbis Ltd, Specialist Investigation company. Charles was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2001, the OBE in 2007 and in 2008 was made Deputy Lieutenant. He is married to Sue and they have two daughters and four grandchildren.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Adrian Corder-Birch DL

Adrian Corder-Birch DL FSA

Adrian Corder-Birch was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 2013. He was in the legal profession for 36 years, until semi-retirement, followed by ten years in local government. He is immediate past president of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History, chairman of the Editorial Board of Essex Journal, Patron of Halstead and District Local History Society and Vice Chairman of Essex Industrial Archaeology Group. He has been clerk of a Parish Council since 1971 and is clerk to the trustees of the Courtauld Homes of Rest, an almshouse charity. He is a member of the Court of The University of Essex and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Susie Cornell MBE DL

Susie Cornell MBE DL

Susie Cornell was awarded an MBE in 2007. She is the founder of the “Pride of Essex Awards” recognising charities, communities, adults and children for their achievements. She is a natural health consultant helping people worldwide through bio resonance consultation. She has lectured at the University of Surrey, received a lifetime achievement award for integrating disability into the world of fitness. She is an author and has also produced two exercise videos.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Claire Cottrell DL

Claire Cottrell DL

Claire Cottrell was born and brought up on a farm near Colchester and has lived there nearly all her life. She is interested in the welfare of underprivileged children and in addition takes a deep interest in Essex churches particular those that need funding. She is a Parish Councillor and Parochial Church Council member and has recently retired from being a church warden after 35 years. Her interests are her garden, cooking and conserving the countryside. She is lucky to have a lot of woodland which she enjoys making sure is managed and maintained.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Sarah Courage DL

Sarah Courage DL

Sarah Courage has lived most of her life in Essex. She volunteered as a driver for Brentwood Meals on Wheels and for Brentwood Community Transport for many years. Sarah was elected as a Brentwood Borough Councillor in 2002, taking a keen interest in recycling and the environment. She was High Sheriff in 2008/2009. Having raised funds for PARC, she, with Ian Twinley, set up The Essex Dog Day in 2011. This continues to be a very successful fundraiser for many Essex Charities. She was a governor at Brentwood School for 5 years and from 2010 a Witness Service Volunteer at Basildon Crown Court.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Dave Dennison BEM DL

Dave Dennison BEM DL

A Deputy Lieutenant since 2016, Dave is co-founder of Essex-based industrial supplies company, Directa (UK) Ltd. He has occupied the chair of the Pride of Essex Awards since 2011. Having written for the entertainment industry he regularly appears as an after dinner speaker, usually billed as ex Vice President of Tottenham Hotspur and Russ Abbots’ failed scriptwriter! He has self-published books, the proceeds of which raise funds for Witham children’s charity, Brainwave. He has also written illustrated books for children, under the pen name ‘Ferdie Yeatsy’. Dave was awarded the British Empire Medal for his charitable work in January 2018.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Celia Edey OBE DL

Celia Edey OBE DL

Celia Edey has spent 40 years in governance roles in the charitable, Higher Education and public sectors. She has held senior posts in the British Lung Foundation, the Magistracy in Essex and its governing body both regionally and nationally, the Chelmsford Prison Visitor Centre,  the University of Essex and currently the University of Suffolk. She won a Public Servant of the Year award in 2003 and was appointed O.B.E. in New Year’s Honours 2015. Her hobbies include golf, singing and grandchildren!

Jeremy Finnis DL MA

After a science degree at Oxford, Jeremy joined the Ministry of Agriculture, firstly as an adviser in the field and then in Whitehall in several policy areas. He now farms a wide range of crops in a family partnership in Essex. In Scotland his business includes sporting and holiday lets, fishing, forestry and renewables. Jeremy is Chairman of the NFU Mutual for the Eastern Region, Trustee of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (and Chairman, Essex Committee and Allerton Project); Court Assistant, Worshipful Company of Farmers; Chairman, Farmers and Fletchers Hall Ltd; Member of the local Multi-Academy Trust. He has been Vice Chairman of Governors at Writtle University College and President of both Orsett and Rochford Agricultural Societies.
Jeremy is married to Diana. Their children are Kathryn, Toby and Oliver.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Graham Gooch OBE DL
Photo © Graham Morris

Graham Gooch OBE DL

Graham Gooch was awarded the OBE for his services to cricket in 1991. Graham made the Essex 2nd XI in 1968 and in 1973 he made his first-class debut. In 1975 he played for the MCC against the touring Australians. Graham led the England side 34 times. Currently he is England’s leading test run maker with a total of 8,900 runs and 20 centuries. In 1996 Graham was appointed an England selector and held that position for four seasons. In 2002 he was made Essex’s Head Coach but as from 2005 he accepted a wider role within the club. This included specialist batting coaching and acting as the ambassador for the club’s future commercial development. He has also started the ‘Graham Gooch Scholarship Fund’ an initiative to raise monies to send some of Essex’s best young professionals on overseas scholarships and he now sponsors the Essex Cricket Academy. More recently he has been the England batting coach, starting his role on a part-time basis in 2009 and moving into a full-time position from 2012 to 2014.

John Griffith-Jones DL

John has had a career in finance. He was Chair of the Financial Conduct Authority from 2013 to 2018 and prior to that was the Chair and Senior Partner of KPMG in the UK, towards the end of his thirty seven years with the firm. He is currently the Chair of StepChange Debt Charity, which provides advice and guidance to people across the UK who find themselves in financial difficulties through borrowing. He is also a trustee of National Numeracy, a charity promoting the importance of numeracy to all age groups. He spent fourteen years in the Army Reserve with the Royal Green Jackets, now the The Rifles. He is a governor of Brentwood School. His wife, Cathryn, was born and brought up in Essex and they moved from London in 2003 to live near Chelmsford in the house that her grandparents acquired during the 2nd World War.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex John Hall MBE DL BA

John Hall MBE DL BA

Born in York, John graduated from Oxford University in Zoology where he specialised in entomology and then worked for the Natural Environment Research Council on insect population studies in Mid Wales. John spent 2 years in Africa on biological control of insect pests before returning to the UK and joining the Field Studies Council in North Wales as Deputy Warden of the Field Centre in Betws-y-coed where he taught field biology for 10 years. So Essex was not a county that John knew well when he moved to join Essex Wildlife Trust in 1987. However, he liked it, so he stayed with the Trust for 28 years as its Chief Executive helping to build this charity up from 4 staff to 130 staff with 87 nature reserves, 11 Visitor Centres and one of the largest Wildlife Trusts in the UK with over 35,000 members. John is proud to have been awarded an MBE for his services to the environment and an Honorary Fellowship of the University of Essex as well as being a Deputy Lieutenant. He retired to Lawford near Manningtree with his wife Caroline where they are building house to sustainable principles which is planned to be energy neutral and water neutral. John and Caroline are keen dancers: they teach dance and hold many fundraising dances. They have two children, Tom and Rosie, and two grandchildren. All live in their adopted county of Essex.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Simon Hall MBE MA (Cambs)

Simon Hall MBE DL MA

Simon Hall was educated at Ampleforth College and Cambridge. He was a partner with the law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer from 1985 to 2014 and Head of Freshfields Finance Practice for many years. In his last four years with the firm he led their global corporate responsibility programmes, which focussed on social exclusion. He is a trustee of a number of charities including Mistley Maltings Trust; Brentwood Cathedral Choral Trust; Colchester and North East Essex Building Preservation Trust; the homeless charity Caritas Anchor House; the Council of the University of Essex, and Essex Community Foundation. He was awarded an MBE in 2006 for services to charity and education. Widowed with four children and seven grandchildren he lives in Great Tey and is passionate about fishing and all aspects of country life.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Bonnie Hill MBE DL

Bonnie Hill MBE DL

Bonnie Hill, married with two sons, was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 2007. In June 2012 she was awarded an MBE. She is currently Vice President of Essex North East Girlguiding, a Justice of the Peace, Member of Court at The University of Essex, President of Weeley & Little Clacton Royal British Legion and Secretary to the Parochial Church Council of St. Mary’s Church Wivenhoe.

Photo © Simon Finlay Photography

David Hurst DL

David Hurst is the past Chair of trustees of Southend Blind Welfare Organisation (Southend in Sight) and a grants and committee member of Southend Community Fund. He is a former member of Essex Community Foundation‘s programmes committee and was Chairman of the Southend 41 Club. He founded Rochford Rivercare in 2004, to keep the River Roach litter free. He was the President of Rochford Hundred Agricultural Society. He was the Chairman of the ORMC (Online Recruitment Marketing Council), a Board Member of the DCF (Digital Content Forum) representing UK online recruiters’ interests to the UK government and Chairman of a British Standards Institute committee creating a British Standard in Online Recruiting. David has been married to Jane since 1984 and has two daughters and two border collies.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Catherine Hutley DL

Catherine Hutley DL

Catherine Hutley has spent most of her life in Essex. She is the daughter of a farmer from Saffron Walden, married to another and proud of all things Essex. She is past Chairman and Treasurer of the Friends of Essex Churches Events Committee, a trustee of Abbeyfield (Braintree, Bocking & Felsted) and Past President of the Essex Agricultural Society. Her hobbies include travel, horse racing, skiing, tennis, cycling, fine arts and theatre but most importantly family and friends.

Stephen Kavanagh QPM, DL, M.Phil (Cantab)

Stephen was born and schooled in Essex and decided to join the Metropolitan Police after witnessing an armed robbery in Chelmsford in 1984. Following a variety of interesting postings including homicide, anti-corruption and anti-terrorism, he was honoured in 2013 to be selected to become the Chief Constable of his home Force of Essex. Stephen was committed to bringing the Force closer to the people of Essex and was the first Chief Constable to utilise funds seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act to support a Community Foundation. He continued to support the work of the Essex Community Foundation, Open Road Charity and is the Patron of a children’s cancer charity called Jack’s PACK. Following his retirement from policing he is involved in work with the University of Essex, The Police Memorial Trust and consulting on policing and terrorism related matters.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Maureen Larkin BEM JP DL

Maureen Larkin BEM JP DL

Maureen Larkin is an Honorary Alderman of Basildon having served as Mayor for six years. She has played a leading role in her community for more than 40 years. She has served as a magistrate for 25 years and is active in fundraising for local charities including Age Matters, Changing Pathways (formerly Basildon Women’s Aid) and St Lukes Hospice. She was Chairman of Essex Women’s Cricket for eight of its formative years. She was awarded the British Empire Medal in 2012 and appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 2015.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Charles Latham DL

Charles Latham DL

Charles Latham is Senior Partner of Tolhurst Fisher Solicitors based in Southend and Hatfield Peverel. Charles served as a member of Southend Council from 1990 until 2005, as Leader of the Council for much of that time. He is a past Mayor of Southend-on-Sea and an Honorary Alderman of the Borough. Charles lives in South Benfleet with his wife Clare and two children. His interests include travel and fine wine.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Dr Simon Lyster DL MA (Cantab) PhD

Dr Simon Lyster DL MA (Cantab) PhD

Simon Lyster was born in Stock, where he still lives, on the edge of Hanningfield reservoir. He grew up with a love of nature and after qualifying as a lawyer he switched from City law to wildlife law. He wrote the textbook “International Wildlife Law” and has worked in wildlife conservation for more than 30 years – initially with WWF and then as Director-General of the Wildlife Trusts. He is now on numerous Boards including Natural England, Northumbrian/Essex and Suffolk Water, Rural Community Council of Essex and Conservation International (UK). He shares a passion for nature with his wife Sandra, and they have two children. He is equally passionate about sport and the wonders of Essex.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Rupert Marks DL

Rupert Marks DL

Rupert Marks was brought up and lived in Harlow until 1992 when he moved to Great Totham. His family business, Trebor, was based in Woodford Green and had one of its many factories in Colchester. Rupert has worked and still does work in the sales and manufacture of soft drinks. He set up The Pioneer Sailing Trust in Brightlingsea 20 years ago, loves Essex and lives in Great Totham with his wife Leonie and four daughters.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Wing Commander Glenn Mayes DL

Wing Commander Glenn Mayes DL

Glenn Mayes has lived in the County for all his life. He is married with two sons. He was a career police officer with Essex Police combined with service with the Essex Wing of the Air Training Corps, retiring as Wing Commander in Dec 2013. He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in July 2014. He is a professional toastmaster and Independent Celebrant, director of training for a national toastmaster training organisation and an executive member of the Toastmasters General Council. He is honorary President of 295 (Witham & Rivenhall) Sqn Air Cadets; a member of both RAFA and RBL, and a keen Beekeeper: currently Chairman of Maldon Beekeepers.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Jonathan Minter DL

Jonathan Minter DL

Jonny Minter lives and farms in the Dedham Vale and is married to Margaret (“Miff”). His two children have long fled the nest and live and work in London. After a 30-year career in the City as a fund manager, Jonny took early retirement in 2001 and has since kept himself occupied with a wide range of charitable and voluntary activities and retired as Chairman of the Trustee Board of Essex Community Foundation in November 2018.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Dave Monk DL

Dave Monk DL

Dave Monk (born David Michael Travis) has broadcast for the BBC on both radio and television for over 30 years. He is best known for his weekday programmes on BBC Essex questioning local and national politicians as well as senior figures in commerce and industry. His particular interests are Mental Health, Men’s Health and Equality of Opportunity. Before entering the media, Dave was a Solicitor, Law Lecturer and entrepreneur. He is now closely involved with many Essex based Charities.

Sidra Naeem DL

Sidra has been a qualified teacher for over 20 years. She specialises in supporting and coordinating provision for students with special educational, social, emotional, mental health and wellbeing needs. She works as a chaplain for Anglia Ruskin University and also volunteers as a chaplain in the educational, health and retail sectors. Sidra has been volunteering actively in the community in Essex and London since 2003. She has initiated and facilitated mental health, interfaith and cultural diversity awareness events for various organisations. She is part of the Mid-Essex Interfaith Forum and Secretary and speaker for the Havering InterFaith Forum. She is a representative of SACRE (Standing Advisory Council of Religious Education) and contributed to the religious education curriculum for educational establishments in Essex. She is Secretary of Essex Mind and Spirit, a voluntary organisation raising awareness of spiritual care in mental health recovery. She manages Women Together in Basildon, a group aiming to integrate vulnerable women from different backgrounds into the community, by providing advice, support, art activities and speakers on health topics. Sidra helps to feed homeless people in Havering through Hope4Havering and arranges annual “Feed the Homeless” events for the Chelmsford CHESS Nightshelter. She is also a Community Governor at the King Edward Grammar School in Chelmsford.

Fiona Nelmes DL

Fiona qualified as a solicitor and worked in London before moving to Essex in 2000 where she started volunteering at Maldon Citizens Advice and the Citizens Advice Help Desk at Chelmsford County Court.  She was employed as a Mental Health Advocate for Mid Essex Mind for three years and in 2013 joined the staff of Maldon Citizens Advice where she continues to work as a supervisor, outreach worker and benefit specialist.  For many years she organised the Essex Ride & Stride event for the Friends of Essex Churches Trust.  She has also been a Public Governor for the North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust and is a current member of the Chelmsford Singers.  She is married to John and they have three daughters.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Rosemary Padfield DL

Rosemary Padfield DL

Rosemary Padfield lives and farms in West Essex. She is a member of the National Farmers Union, Essex Agricultural Society and the Essex Schools Food & Farming Day –a proactive show promoting how food gets from field to plate to 3000 Key Stage Two children. She has been a magistrate since 1994 and works alongside local police and farmers on rural crime issues. She is also a Parish councillor and Churchwarden. Her nine grandchildren fill any spare moments.

Hugh Pegrum DL

Hugh Pegrum is an arable farmer from Epping where he has lived and farmed all his life. He studied Agriculture at Writtle College and was a member of Ongar Young Farmers which culminated in him serving as County Chairman of Essex Federation of Young Farmers Clubs.  He has been a member of Epping Town Council since 1999 and served as Epping Town Mayor in 2002. Hugh is Treasurer of the Epping Theydon Trust, a local housing charity, and a trustee of The Epping & Theydon Garnon Joint Charities which owns alms houses, a small farm and gives educational grants to local students. Hugh is married to Diane and has two daughters.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Stuart Rawlins DL

Stuart Rawlins DL

Stuart Rawlins is a former newspaper editor and editorial director and is involved with a number of community and charity groups. Currently he chairs three groups, including Essex Crimestoppers. He is a member of the national Advisory Board of the Crimestoppers charity. He has previously chaired business groups within Essex. He was appointed a DL in 2004.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Dennis Rensch MBE DL

Dennis Rensch MBE OLM DL

Dennis was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 2006. He is married to Diane and they have a son Peter. For 30 years he served with Essex Police becoming a senior officer. In 1998 he was seconded from Essex Police to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and posted as the Chief of Personnel to a Western European Police Mission in Tirana, Albania where he became an adviser to the Albanian Prime Minister and Minister of Public Order. He has undertaken travel to remote places including the North Pole raising substantial donations for charities and individuals in Essex. Following his crossing on foot and alone across the Aouker Depression in the Sahara he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. His voluntary appointments included being a Member of the England Council and Chairman of the East of England Regional Council for the Princes Trust. Currently he is a member of Court for the University of Essex and a Court Ambassador. He is an ‘Alumnus’ of the University holding an honours degree in Policy Making and Administration. He was Chairman of Great Ormond Street Hospital ‘Family, Equality and Diversity Group, a former member of Essex Council for St John Ambulance and President of Brentwood Division of St John Ambulance. For many years he was Chairman of Trustees and director of Havens Hospices and Chairman and Director of Havens Development Company.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Lorna Rolfe DL

Lorna Rolfe JP DL MA

Lorna Rolfe was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1986. She is a past Chairman of the Bench and of the Essex Bench Chairman’s Forum. She served on the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee. As Chairman of her local Red Cross and Uttlesford Committee member, she has been part of the County Emergency Response Team. Her love of music has resulted in current Ambassadorial roles for Saffron Hall and Saffron Walden Choral Society. She is Essex Ambassador for Schoolreaders and a Patron of Open Road. Lorna lives in Great Chesterford with her husband Howard. They have three grown up children and three grandchildren.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Lady Rosemary Ruggles-Brise DL

Lady Rosemary Ruggles-Brise DL

Lady Rosemary Ruggles-Brise is Scottish, born, bred and educated, before working with the Diplomatic Service in London, Europe and Mexico. She is married and the full-time mother of 5 children and 10 grandchildren. She has many years experience of voluntary work including school governorship, Chair of HMP Chelmsford Independent Monitoring Board and Chair of local community projects. She was appointed DL in 2008 and High Sheriff of Essex in 2011/12. Currently she is Honorary President of YMCA Essex, Patron of Essex Retired Police Dogs Fund and Patron of Home-Start Essex. Lady Rosemary is committed to serving the County of Essex with its diversity of peoples and pastimes, buildings and beaches, commerce and communities, faiths and culture.

Amrik Singh Sandhu DL BA (Hons) MBA

Amrik has a long and distinguished career in the City having held managing director posts with Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and Deutsche Bank. He is currently Executive Head of Trading and Origination at Anglo American. Prior to joining Anglo American, Amrik co-founded his own commodity advisory business. In 2017 he and his family established a leadership foundation in memory of their son Ajvir and engaged with the Essex Community Foundation to identify potential partnerships and opportunities for the Foundation to provide additional support to the local community. The Ajvir Singh Sandhu Leadership Foundation was set up to uphold the principles and values of their son in order to motivate young people to reach their full potential as leaders. To date the Foundation has launched a number of programs including sixth form mentoring, university scholarship opportunities and a small grants scheme. Amrik also acts as Ambassador for the Royal Air Force Association. He is married to Narinderjit and lives in High Beech.

James Scruby DL MA MBA

After a short service commission in the Army, James pursued a career in finance that took him and his family to many different countries and led to him starting his own business in 2003 to develop and finance renewable energy projects.  James is a Trustee of The English-Speaking Union and active in encouraging primary and secondary schools in Essex to develop their pupils’ communication skills, focusing on public speaking and debating.  James is married to Sarah, a chartered surveyor and past Chairman of Home-Start in Uttlesford.  They have three grown up children.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Janie Siggers JP DL

Janie Siggers JP DL

Janie is married with one son and two grandchildren and is a partner in the family farming business. She has worked with many organisations and charities as well as having sat as a JP on the Magistrates’ Court Committee, Courts Board of Essex, Area Courts Board and Essex Police Authority. For many years she was Chair of the St John Council of Essex and other national St John Panels and is a member of the Court of the University of Essex. Janie initiated the Guardians of the Ipswich and Brentwood Foyers to support young people and to integrate the Foyer into business and the community. She was appointed as a DL in 2004.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex John Spence CBE DL BA FCIBS FIFS FRSA


Resident in Chelmsford since 1980, John was a managing director at Lloyds TSB until 2005. He has had a wide range of non-executive roles and has been chair or president of numerous charities. He is currently Finance Chair of the Church of England Archbishops’ Council, a Cabinet member at Essex County Council as well as a governor at Anglia Ruskin University. John was awarded the MBE in 1999, the OBE in 2006 and the CBE in 2013 for services to community, charity and business respectively. John, who is blind, is married with three children and five grandchildren.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Nigel Spencer Cert. Ed. (Oxon) Dip. Ed. MBE DL

Nigel Spencer MBE DL Cert. Ed. (Oxon) Dip. Ed.

Nigel Spencer was born in Harrow and educated at Culham College, Oxford. He taught in a number of Essex primary schools and was the youngest Deputy Head in the County. He left the profession after 41 years of service. Nigel is married with 7 children & 3 grandchildren. Nigel has organised many education initiatives, especially with conservation and historical themes. He founded Ramsey/Dovercourt Crusaders, and was Chair of National Crusaders Council for 7 years. Nigel was awarded an MBE in 2015 for Services to Education. He became a Deputy Lieutenant in June 2017. Nigel currently chairs the Harwich Crime Prevention Panel, the Harwich Primary Schools Sports Association, is an Honorary Life Member of Dovercourt Cricket Club and Vice Chairman of the Culham College Society. His interests include being a founder member of the I.O.W Steam Railway, Patron of the Colne Valley Railway, youth work, Anglican Church activities, community involvement often linked to DL duties, and gardening!

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Martin Stuchfield MBE JP DL FSA FRHistS

Martin Stuchfield MBE JP DL FSA FRHistS

Martin is President and Conservation Officer of the Monumental Brass Society. He is a Trustee and Director of the Rural Community Council of Essex and the Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome. He is also Vice-Chairman and Hon. Secretary of the Friends of Essex Churches Trust; a Vice-President of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History; and a former Chairman of the Victoria County History of Essex Trust. Martin is Churchwarden of the small Essex church dedicated to St. Gregory and St. George at Pentlow.

Jackie Sully DL MA

Jackie was born in London but has spent her adult life in Essex, living and working in Harlow. After working in the private and public sectors she moved into the community sector where she stayed for over 30 years. In 1999 she founded the charity Rainbow Services and remained as CEO until her retirement in 2017. During this time she chaired the Harlow Strategic Partnership, working closely with the local authority and the other Essex local strategic partnership chairs. Jackie served as a JP on the North West Essex bench and was an active non executive member of the Harlow Primary Care Trust (PCT), West Essex PCT and West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group boards, specialising in patient and community engagement. She was a trustee of the Essex Community Foundation and chaired the grants and programmes panel. Jackie is married with 2 adult children and 5 grandchildren.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Col Charles Thomas TD DL

Col (Rtd) Charles Thomas TD DL

Colonel Thomas was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 2001. Charles formally retired from his role with Essex County Fire & Rescue Service in January 2020. Charles was born in St. John’s Hospital in Chelmsford. Other than his posting to Germany and then Belfast, Charles has lived in Essex all his life. Colonel Thomas joined the Territorial Army in 1975. Commissioned into The Royal Anglian Regiment 1977, he spent most of 1979 with the Regular Army. He returned to his TA Battalion, serving until 1991 in a number of appointments, then as a Training Officer in a Brigade HQ. In 1993 he was promoted to command the 6th Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment. Between 1996 and 2001, he was Commandant of the Essex Army Cadet Force. He was elected Chairman of the Essex Forum, Reserve Forces & Cadets Association in 2002 and will not seek re-election in 2020. Continuing his work with bridging the Essex civil community with the military, in December 2019 Charles was selected to become the Deputy Chairman of the Civil Military Partnership Board for Essex. Colonel Thomas was appointed County Colonel The Royal Anglian Regiment, (Regimental Representative), for Essex in 2015, is Chairman of the Essex Regiment and Royal Anglian Regiment Chapel Committee and President of the Chelmsford Branch of the Royal Anglian Regiment Association. Colonel Thomas is the President of the Witham Branch of the Royal British Legion.

Hugh Toler MBE DL

On leaving the Army in 2008, Hugh and his wife Victoria, who grew up at Layer Marney Tower, settled in Kelvedon from where he pursued a second career in software development for the maritime and defence industries. Retiring from full time work in 2018, Hugh is now Chairman of the Armed Forces Charity SSAFA Essex, National and county President of the Coldstream Guards Association and Secretary of the Blackwater Wildfowlers Association. He is also a past master of the Worshipful Company of Broderers and Lay Chair of St Mary’s, Kelvedon PCC. Hugh and Victoria have two children; Arabella working for Sotheby’s and Charlie in the Royal Navy.

Juliet Townsend DL

Born in and always attached to Essex, Juliet was educated in Suffolk and Kent, before attending the University of Leeds. Ten years in London working for a brand consultancy was followed by a return to the county to work for youthwork charity Essex Boys and Girls Clubs for six years. Juliet currently works as a consultant on various projects. She chairs Essex Womens’ Advisory Group and Colne Engaine Festival Committee and is a member of Chelmsford Ladies Circle  and is involved with a range of charities and community groups. Juliet has a particular interest in promoting strong networks to support good mental health. Juliet and her husband Spike live in Colne Engaine.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Ian Twinley DL
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Ian Twinley DL

Ian Twinley spent the first half of his career working for Ford Motor Company in the UK, Germany and Detroit. In 2002 he joined the multi franchise Dealer John Grose as Chairman of the Group. Ian is the voluntary Chairman of the East Anglia Reserve Forces & Cadets Association. He travelled to Afghanistan in 2008 and spent time with serving reservists in Kandahar and Camp Bastion. Ian is a Patron of the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity and active in many other fundraising and community initiatives. He and his wife Alison live in Hatfield Peverel.

A headshot of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Dr Margaret Wilson DL

Dr Margaret Wilson CBE DL

Dr Margaret Wilson is CEO, headteacher and executive head of two large 11-18 schools in Essex and moved The King John School to outstanding. She is now also CEO of the newly formed and growing Zenith Multi Academy Trust comprising of two secondary schools – The King John School, The James Hornsby School and one primary school – Laindon Park Primary School and Nursery. She has a strong track record in supporting schools in challenging circumstances and was an adviser to the DfE’s academies division seconded for 2 days a week during a 3 year period. Margaret is a Trustee of the Academy Transformation Trust and Thrive Partnership Academy Trust and has been a non-executive director of Pearson Education Ltd for 8 years. She is also a board member of Anglia Ruskin University. Margaret was awarded CBE in the 2019 New Years Honours List for her services to education.