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 Jonathan Douglas-Hughes, the son of an Essex farmer who was born and bred in the County and has trained and worked as a Solicitor in the County since 1963. He chairs four charities: Essex Boys and Girls Clubs, The Cirdan Sailing Trust, Essex Heritage Trust and Stubbers Adventure Centre. Jonathan served as Under Sheriff of Essex from 1988-2014. He was awarded an OBE in 2007 in recognition for his charitable service to young people.