HM The Queen having given prior approval, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant is appointed by the Lord-Lieutenant. He or she stands in for the Lord-Lieutenant when the Lord-Lieutenant is absent, sick or otherwise unable to act. He or she may be asked to fulfil other duties supporting the Lieutenancy.
The current Vice Lord-Lieutenant is Vincent Thompson. He was born and bred in Essex in the village of Margaretting. After 20 years living in London, he returned to Essex in 1994 and has since lived in Little Easton with his wife Diana. Vincent worked in the City in corporate finance partially retiring in 2015 when he became High Sheriff. Vincent is a trustee of the Brentwood Diocesan Cathedral and Choral Trust Fund, a governor of St Mary’s School Ascot and a non-executive director of two companies involved in finance and lasers & LEDs. He was a member of The Little Easton Parish Council for 12 years and Chairman for five and remains closely involved with village concerns. Vincent is a member of the QAVS team working with Charles Clark. He became Vice Lord-Lieutenant in 2019, succeeding Jonathan Douglas-Hughes OBE.