Deputy Lieutenants come from all walks of life and all parts of the County and are honoured for their contribution to the Nation and/or the County.
The Eyes & Ears Of The Lieutenancy
There are a maximum of 70 other Deputy Lieutenant appointments. That may sound a lot but Kent has 1.7 million people- 25,000 per Deputy – and many villages and towns.
The Lord Lieutenant leads this influential network of Deputy Lieutenants and provides the organisation for their individual networks to interlock for the benefit of Kent’s varied communities.
Their local and specialist knowledge and experience is increasingly being used to positive effect in key sectors ranging from education to youth services, and from business to the rural economy.
They are the eyes and ears of the Lieutenancy in our local communities and liaise closely with the local authorities with whom we have much common cause.
They advise on events potentially warranting Royal visits, on how local people can put forward others suitable for honours or for invitations to Buckingham Palace Garden Parties, and on anniversaries warranting a message from The Queen.
They also advise on how community organisations can gain recognition in The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This award recognises the vital role played by the thousands of unsung heroes of the voluntary and community world which we in the Lieutenancy believe it is important to celebrate and encourage.
Deputy Lieutenants By Location
Mr Michael Bax DL
Link DL for Ashford
Practicing land agent and widely involved in Kent’s rural economy with chairmanships and trusteeships in a number of related organisations. Chairman Kent Wildlife Trust. Past High Sheriff.
Mrs Geraldine Allinson OBE DL
Geraldine was born and brought up in Kent. She has been Chairman of the KM Media Group since 2006, is a Non-Executive Director of the PA Group (parent company of the Press Association) and a Past President of the Newspaper Society.
Mrs Jane Ashton DL
Former teacher and school Chaplain (lay). High Sheriff of Kent 2018-2019. Jane is currently a trustee of Huggens College and Together Kent; co-chair of Communities and Partnerships, Canterbury Diocese, and Patron of DAVSS (Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Services) and Safer Communities Alliance.
His Honour Judge Jeremy Carey DL
Practising barrister from 1974 to 2002. Now Resident Judge at Maidstone Crown Court and Honorary Recorder of Maidstone. Special interest in Kent Magistracy. Member of the Parole Board and visiting tutor-judge at the Judicial College, Warwick University.
Mrs Kate Fenwick DL
Chair of the Development Committee and Trustee of Rochester Cathedral Trust. Trustee of Huggens College providing Almshouse accommodation in Northfleet. Raises funds for mental health in the county through Kent Minds. School Governor of Wellesley House Broadstairs.
Mr George Jessel DL
Born in Ashford, Kent. Short Service Commission with 15/19 Hussars. Senior partner in fully diversified family farm. Life Governor Kent County Agricultural Society, Patron and Governor Hadlow College, Chairman The Agricultural Museum Brook, Trustee RASE, Trustee KWES, Hon. Treasurer of The Farmers Club, Court Assistant Worshipful Company of Farmers, Kent Ambassador.
Mrs Jane Loudon DL
Former schools governor including a free school. Former Trustee of Avante Partnership, providing specialist care homes for dementia. Trustee of Huggens College Almshouse Community, Northfleet. Member of Board of Directors of Stour Music Festival. Patron of Kent Minds.
Nicholas Marden Esq LVO DL
After a sort Service Commission in the Army, he worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a diplomat from 1974 to 2011. He was then appointed Private Secretary to HRH The Duke of Kent, during which time he worked with a number of national charities. He retired in 2018.
Her Honour Adèle Williams DL
Adèle Williams is Resident Judge at Canterbury Crown Court. She is interested in all aspects of the Criminal Justice System in Kent.
Mr Stephen Kingsman DL
Link DL for Canterbury
Former Chairman of the Denne Construction Group. Served as Chairman of the Kent T.E.C., Canterbury F.E. College and Non Executive Director of other business and vocational training organisations. Kent Ambassador and enthusiastic supporter of Kent-based charities.
Mr Desmond Crampton DL
Retired from a ports and harbours company whose assets included the River Medway. Served on several county economic development bodies. Founded Lorenden Preparatory School and helped establish the Isle of Sheppey Academy. A Vice President of Demelza Hospice Care for Children after more than a decade as a trustee including six years as chairman. A non-executive company director.
Mrs Valerie Hale JP DL
Previously a small business owner, a Non-Executive Director with the Kent and Medway Partnership Trust and as a Magistrate, a Deputy Chairman of the East Kent Bench. Currently she is a Lay Representative with NHS Health Education and is closely involved with local charities.
The Lord King of Lothbury KG GBE FBA DL
Served as Governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee and Financial Policy Committee from 2003 – June 2013. Knighted (GBE) in 2011, made a life peer in 2013, and appointed by The Queen to be a Knight of the Garter in 2014. Professor of Economics and Law at New York University, School Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics. Fellow of the British Academy, Honorary Fellow of King’s and St John’s Colleges, Cambridge. Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, on the Advisory Council of the London Symphony Orchestra, President of Worcestershire County Cricket Club, and a Trustee of the National Gallery.
Brigadier (Retd) John Meardon DL
Served in the Royal Marines from 1965-1998. Receiver General, Canterbury Cathedral 1998-2016. Chairman of Canterbury Choral Society. President of the Royal Marines Association, Canterbury, and the Herne Bay Sea Cadets. Chairman of Canterbury Archaeological Trust. Chairman Royal Marines Heritage Trail, Deal.
Air Marshal (Retd) Christopher Nickols CB CBE DL
Chris Nickols was born and brought up in Kent. After a full career in the RAF, starting as a fast-jet pilot and finishing as Chief of Defence Intelligence, he moved into the charity world as Controller (Chief Executive) of the RAF Benevolent Fund for 4 years. He is now Chairman of the Governors of St Edmund’s School Canterbury, President of Kent Wing of the Air Cadets and a volunteer at Canterbury Cathedral.
Professor Rama Thirunamachandran DL
Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Canterbury Christ Church University acquiring the former Prison site in Canterbury and the establishing the School of Engineering the joint Kent and Medway Medical School. Non-Executive Director of the Medway Foundation NHS Trust and a Kent Ambassador. Member of the Universities UK Board and Chair of the MillionPlus, the Association of Modern Universities. Previously Chair of the Higher Education Academy, member of the UCAS Board and Director at the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
The Very Reverend Dr Robert Willis DL
Dean of Canterbury since 2001. Chairman of the Deans’ Conference of England. Knight of the Order of St John. President of the Parkinson’s Disease Society. Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Yale.
Mr Kelvin R Holford DL
Link DL for Dartford
County Commissioner for Kent Scouts since 2002. Involved with Scouting in Kent for more than 30 years, working as a leader with six to 25-year-olds. Outside scouting, a project manager in the construction industry.
The Reverend Martin Henwood MA DL
Vicar of Holy Trinity, Dartford since 1993. Bishop of Rochester’s Advisor for Thames Gateway. Founder of Whole Community Works, an Interfaith Community Development Trust, inspiring collaborative action between people of faith and goodwill. Previously Chair of Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Primary Care Trust 2000 – 2006.
Colonel (Retd) Jo Gunnell OBE DL
Regular Army Infantry Officer from 1966 to 1995. Bursar The Royal School for Deaf Children 1996 to 2001. Army Welfare Support Officer Kent 2001 to 2012. Joined SSAFA 2001 and was Chairman of SSAFA Kent from 2007 – 2017.
Mr John Moir TD DL
Chief Executive of Dover District Council 1984-2002. Formerly with the British Tourist Authority and Highland Regional Council. Army reservist for 20 years. Member Dover Bronze Age Boat Trust, Sandwich United Charities, and Chairman of the Channel Ferry Disaster Fund 1987. Formerly member of Dover Harbour Board, Battle of Britain Memorial Capel and School Governor.
Lord Northbourne DL
Lord Northbourne runs the family farming businesses. He is a Knight of the Order of Malta. School finance governor at the Sandwich Technology College. Previous director of the Canterbury Festival and member of the Kent Committee of the Country Landowners’ Association.
Lieutenant Colonel Brian O’Gorman DL
Served in the Irish Guards from 1968-2002 and now retired. He remains engaged with a number of local and military charities.
Folkestone and Hythe
Mr Geoff Miles DL
Link DL for Folkestone and Hythe
Has been working in television for over 40 years. In 2002, formed Dovedale Associates Ltd. a consortium of local businessmen, who now own and operate the Maidstone Television Studios. He is Chairman of the Kent and Medway Economic Partnership and its Business Advisory Board, vice chair of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, a Director of the Kent Music School, Chairman of the Kent Excellence in Business Awards and a Kent Ambassador.
Major (Retd) Dennis Bradley BEM DL
Served in the Grenadier Guards. Past Mayor of Hythe, President of East Kent Branch Grenadier Guards Association. President and Director of Hythe Festival Company, involved in a wide range of Military charities.
Sir Roger De Haan CBE DL
Having retired as Chairman of the Saga Group in 2004, he is now engaged in the arts-led regeneration of the Old Town, seafront and harbour areas of Folkestone, his home town. He is the sponsor of two City Academy projects in Kent, and chairs The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust and The Creative Foundation, an arts charity at the heart of the regeneration project.
Mr Ben Moorhead DL
Ben Moorhead was raised in Kent and is a Solicitor in the City of London. He carried out the legal work to create UK Sport, Sport England, The Sports Council Trust Company, The National Sports Medicine Institute, The King’s College Anti-Doping structure, and the first British online lottery, the Premiership Lotter-e. He is a Trustee of The Mountbatten Memorial Trust, Canterbury Cathedral Trust, Scottish Wildcat Association, Regain – The Trust for Sports Tetraplegics, L’ Arche UK and Chairman of The L’ Arche Development Council. He is a Trustee of British Blind Sport, a Board Member of Kent County Cricket Club, British Universities and Colleges Sport and The Clay Pigeon Shooting Association. He is Chairman of England Karate and is the Chairman of Wye Future Group and a Governor at The King’s School, Canterbury and at Wellesley House School. He is on the Advisory Board of St Mary’s University, London and a Trustee of The Arts Society and also a Trustee of the Creative Dimension Trust (Arts Education). He is a Finance Committee Member of The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).
Dr Bhargawa Vasudaven DL
Link DL for Gravesham
A retired GP who has worked in Gravesend for over 25 years. Retired Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine and a former CEO of the Walk in Centre in Northfleet. Retired Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and one of the Founder Members of their Pre-Hospital Care Faculty. He has had a parallel career in volunteering over the years, serving as a medical advisor to the Kent Air Ambulance for 15 years, Gravesend RNLI station for 9 years, trustee of Ellenor Hospice for over 5 years and continues as a Patron of the House of Mercy – a charity for the homeless in Gravesend.
Mrs Rosemary Dymond DL
A practising Headteacher for over 26 years, Chairman of the Thameside Schools Music Association and Trustee of the Local Learning Partnership also serving on local sports bodies. Trustee of Cobham College and Chairman of the Friends of Cobham Hall.
Mr Bill Cockcroft DL
Link DL for Maidstone
Retired Senior Partner of a Quantity Surveying Practice. Former Chief Commissioner of England for the Scout Association. Chair of the organising committee and Camp Chief for the 2007 Centenary World Scout Jamboree held in the UK. President of Kent Scouts and Maidstone Sea Cadets. Involved in several charities in Maidstone.
Brigadier (Retd) Nick Baveystock DL
Nick Baveystock was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Kent in June 2019 and has been Director General of the Institution of Civil Engineers since 2011. He served as a Royal Engineer in the British Army for over 25 years. He operated across the world, commanding a regiment in Kosovo, Bosnia, and in Iraq, before further service in Iraq as Chief of Staff Multinational Division (South East) and then as Chief Engineer. Staff tours included terms in the UK MOD and in Kosovo. His final appointment was as a Brigadier leading the £3.2 bn RSME Public Private Partnership. He has wide experience of delivering large engineering programmes; notably nearly 10 years leading international post conflict reconstruction and development in Southern Iraq and the Balkans. He is on the boards of Engineering UK, Mid Kent College Training Services, is Vice Chair of Thomas Telford Ltd, an alumnus of the Royal College of Defence Studies and Vice President of the Institution of Royal Engineers.
Mr Bill Ferris OBE DL
A tourism and visitor attraction professional he has operated visitor attractions in Tunbridge Wells, Dover and Canterbury. Currently Chief Executive of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust since 2000. Passionate about the role of heritage and tourism in regeneration and economic prosperity he is board member of Visit Kent as well as a range of local, regional and national heritage and tourism bodies.
Rt Hon Sir Hugh Robertson KCMG DL
Born and brought up in Kent, Hugh is Chairman of Camelot and Chairman of the British Olympic Association. He was formerly the Minister in charge of London 2012 and the Minister of State at the Foreign Office. Prior to entering Parliament as a Kent MP, he worked at Schroders and as an army officer, seeing active service in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, The Gulf War and Sarajevo during the siege of the city.
Mr Trevor Sturgess DL
Former Business Editor of the KM Media Group. An award-winning journalist and now a freelance media and editorial consultant. A former school governor and member of the Kent Business School advisory board. He is a trustee of Maidstone Museums’ Foundation. He was a volunteer at the London 2012 ParaOlympics and the 2017 World ParaAthletics Championships, and has raised thousands of pounds for charity from sponsored bike rides.
Mrs Victoria Wallace DL
After 15 years with the Diplomatic Service, Victoria was the Chief Executive of Leeds Castle for ten years and is now Director General of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. She is active in heritage and youth charities.
Mr Russell Race JP DL
Link DL for Medway
Educated at the Mathematical School, Rochester and University of Liverpool. Retired stockbroker with Hoare Govett. Chairman of one public and one private company. Senior Warden, Rochester Bridge Trust; Court of Assistants, Worshipful Company of Glaziers; Chairman of Trustees, Mathematical School. Court Chairman, North Kent Magistrates.
Colonel (ACF) Chris Gilbert DL
Chris is an Operations Manager for a nonferrous metal refinery and has held prominent positions within Kent Army Cadet Force. He also spends time as a Co-opted Governor at a large community primary school.
Brigadier Peter Gilbert TD DL
A General Practitioner in Rochester, he has served in the Regular Army and the Territorial Army, commanding the UK Field Hospital in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, in 2009 before becoming Deputy Commander of 2 (South East) Brigade in Shorncliffe. He is also the link DL for the Reserve Forces and Cadets in Kent.
The Very Revd. Dr Philip Hesketh AKC DL
Philip is the Dean of Rochester, a Trustee of a number of Kent Charities, Vice Chair of King’s School Rochester and a Kent Ambassador.
Mr Jools Holland OBE DL
Musician and big band leader, he hosts BBC 2’s music programme Later with Jools Holland as well as his own Radio 2 Show. Appointed OBE in 2004 for his services to music. Keen on the preservation and prosperity of Kent.
Dr Mohan V Velamati DL
Diagnostic Radiologist with a special interest in lung cancer. Worked in the NHS for 32 years and served Medway NHS Trust as a Consultant Radiologist, Director of Medical Imaging and Chairman of the District Medical Advisory Committee. Founder/Chairman of Medway Cancer Scanner Appeal.
The Lord Sackville DL
Link DL for Sevenoaks
Robert Sackville-West founded Toucan Books in 1985. He now combines publishing with chairing Knole Estates, the property and investment company which, in parallel with the National Trust, runs the Sackville family’s interests at Knole. Lord Sackville has a long-standing interest in education and is currently a governor (and chair of the Finance and Premises Committee) at the Knole Academy in Sevenoaks. As Robert Sackville-West he authored ‘Inheritance: The Story of Knole and the Sackvilles’ (2010).
Lord Astor of Hever DL
Served in The Life Guards 1966-70; currently Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence; active with a number of Kent charities, and a Kent Ambassador.
Mr Lennox Cato DL
Lennox is an internationally recognised specialist in antique furniture and works of art, known for his work on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. After moving to Kent in 1997, he became heavily involved in the local community becoming a Town Councillor and Chairman of the local Sports Association. Set up Edenbridge Cares, a networking platform for local charities, churches, schools and Town Councillors.
The Lord Colgrain DL
Oversees the running of the family farm and works in London in Executive Search specialising in Financial Services. Chairman of the Trustees of Belmont House and Belnor Farms, near Faversham and Trustee of the Rochester Cathedral Trust. Kent Ambassador and was the High Sheriff of Kent in 2013/14.
Mr Nicholas Hely-Hutchinson DL
Nick has spent his entire career in the City of London, beginning at a stockbrokers, then as a private client and charity fund manager. Various Directorships and currently self-employed in the same sector. Former Trustee of Rochester Cathedral. Formulated a strategy to create the largest appeal for MS Research with his wife. Classical music blog writer and hosts a weekly radio programme on the subject on a local radio station.
Lady Newey DL
Chartered Accountant; joined Citizens Advice in1999 as volunteer adviser, before becoming Manager of three local CABx; now CEO of Citizens Advice in North & West Kent, covering Dartford, Gravesham, Sevenoaks & Swanley and Tonbridge & Malling.
Mr Paul Auston DL
Link DL for Swale
Founder and Chairman of Checkmate Group, a safety and engineering company based in Kent. He has served as Trustee and then Chair of Demelza House, a children’s hospice based in Kent, Sussex and South East London for 6 years. On retiring he was elected honorary Vice President. He is a trustee of The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund based in Portsmouth and also serves on the development group raising funds for the restoration of Canterbury Cathedral.
Miss Kate Lampard CBE DL
Practised as a barrister at Lincoln’s Inn from 1985-97. Formerly Chairman, Kent and Medway Strategic Health Authority.Voluntary and charitable work includes being a Trustee of the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, and a Governor of Tonbridge School.
Mr Jonathan Neame DL
Chief Executive of Shepherd Neame since 2003. He is a Trustee of The Leeds Castle Foundation and a Kent Ambassador. He is Chairman of the British Beer and Pub Association.
Mr Richard Oldfield OBE DL
Richard Oldfield was Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Kent from 2011-2020 and High Sheriff from 2008-9. Mr Oldfield is a Trustee of Canterbury Cathedral Trust and of Rochester Cathedral Trust which he chairs, and of the Prince’s Trust, Amber Foundation, the Clore Duffield Foundation and the Henry Oldfield Trust. He is President of Demelza House Children’s Hospice and the Faversham Society. He is Chairman of Oldfield Partners, an investment management firm, and of Shepherd Neame Ltd (from December 2020).
Mr Tim Steel DL
Director, Cazenove Capital Management. Chairman, Turner Contemporary Art Trust, Margate; Chairman of Governors, Wellesley House School, Broadstairs, and a Kent Ambassador.
Mr Frank Martin DL
Link DL for Thanet
Non Executive Director – Dover Harbour Board; Governor and Chairman of Finance and General Purposes Committee – Canterbury Christ Church University; Vice Chairman – Royal British Legion Industries; Board Member – Invest Thanet; Commodore Royal Temple Yacht Club; a Kent Ambassador.
Mr Clive Stevens DL
A Chartered Accountant, Chairman of Kreston Reeves, one of the top 25 accounting firms in the UK employing 500 people. Board Director of Kreston International and Member of the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Chairman of the Trustees of Turner Contemporary in Margate and Deputy Chair at Locate in Kent Ltd, the inward investment organization for Kent. Kent Ambassador.
Tonbridge & Malling
Mr Jacques Arnold DL
Link DL for Tonbridge and Malling
Former Member of Parliament for Gravesham, and now an international adviser on Latin America. He was formerly Chairman of the Kent County Scout Council. He is a Trustee of the Constitutional Monarchy Association.
Mrs Nadra Ahmed OBE DL
Chairman of National Care Association, Vice Chairman of Skills for Care and Vice President of the Kent Care Homes Association. For her services to social care she was made OBE in the 2006 Birthday Honours.
Mrs Louise Bryant JP DL
Magistrate and current member of the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee. Former Chairman of Kent Judicial Business Group and Central Kent Bench. Qualified as Chartered Accountant and Barrister after reading Portuguese at Oxford University. Volunteer for local charities including North and West Kent CAB.
Miss Joanne Holmes DL
Joanne joined Kent County Council in 2003 and worked for the Chairman of the Council before moving to the Lieutenancy Office in 2004. As Deputy Clerk she assists the Lord-Lieutenant in all matters relating to the running of the Lieutenancy office. She supports a number of military charities including The Royal British Legion Industries and the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust.
Mrs Marion Regan MBE DL
Farmer and fruit grower from Mereworth. Director of the growers’ co-operative Berry Gardens, Produced in Kent, and the Horticultural Development Company, and Trustee of East Malling Trust. STEM Ambassador for Kent schools.
Mrs Georgie Warner DL
Link DL for Tunbridge Wells
High Sheriff of Kent 2011-12. Trustee of Kent Community Foundation, Trustee of Rochester Cathedral Trust, Kent Ambassador and Patron of Hadlow College.
Mr Tim Bull DL
Tim chairs the Kent Community Foundation and runs The Brook Trust. Formerly a director of the Saga Group, he now focuses on philanthropy and impact investing.
Sir Keith Mills GBE DL
Was Deputy Chairman of the London Olympic Games. A marketing entrepreneur and business man. A founding director of the British America’s Cup team, Ben Ainslie Racing. He currently chairs the Sported Foundation, Invictus Games Foundation, the 1851 Trust, and is a Trustee of the Royal Foundation.
Mrs Melissa Murdoch DL
Melissa began her career in international development, working on law and democracy projects in Cambodia and economic empowerment of women in Peru through microcredit. Now she spends the majority of her time investing in impactful businesses. She is a Trustee of The Garfield Weston Foundation, Reta Lila Howard Foundation, Kent Community Foundation, and Sevenoaks School Foundation.
Areas bordering Kent
The Lord Evans of Weardale KCB DL
Jonathan Evans was brought up in Kent and was educated at Sevenoaks School. After attending Bristol University he joined the Security Service, MI5, in 1980 and was Director General of MI5 from 2007-2013. He is now Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, Chairman of Kent Search and Rescue, a Trustee of the Skinners Kent Academy Trust in Tunbridge Wells, a Patron of Sevenoaks School and a member of the Council of Reference of the Westminster Abbey Institute.
Mr Philip Merricks MBE DL
A farmer working to integrate farming and wildlife within the Kent countryside, he created Elmley National Nature Reserve on the Isle of Sheppey, and Cheyne Court Nature Reserve on Romney Marsh. A former High Sheriff, he is a Kent Ambassador.
Colonel James Partridge TD DL
Senior partner of a solicitors’ firm in Tunbridge Wells. 30 years TA service, including time as Deputy Commander 2 (South East) Brigade. Trustee of Hospice in the Weald and other local organisations.
Networks & Sectors
Lieutenancy Link Deputy Lieutenants
Much progress is being made in developing other important networks covering more than 20 sectors, such as the rural economy, education, the arts, youth and sport, with a lead Deputy Lieutenant being appointed for each sector.
To get in touch with the appropriate Link Deputy Lieutenant please contact the office.