SIX new Deputy Lieutenants of Kent have been appointed, each of them honoured for their positive contributions to the County and the Nation. They are Major (Retd) Dennis Bradley BEM DL, Mrs Rosemary Dymond DL, Colonel (Retd) Jo Gunnell OBE DL, Philip Harland Esq DL, Mrs Marion Regan DL and Dr Bhargawa Vasudaven DL.
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.
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.
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, Chairman SSAFA Kent since 2007.
Philip Harland Esq DL
Former partner with Cluttons and now consultant with Smiths Gore specialising in land/estate management. Vice chairman of The Avante Partnership and trustee/ committee member/volunteer with other charitable organisations.
Mrs Marion Regan 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.
Dr Bhargawa Vasudaven DL
A semi-retired GP in Gravesend, after a 25 years’ service. A Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and of the Royal Society of Medicine. The Chief Executive of the Walk in Centre in Ebbsfleet and the Life boat medical advisor to RNLI (Gravesend station).
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle MBE said: “We welcome these new Deputy Lieutenants whose experience will further reinforce the effectiveness and diversity of the Lieutenancy and will ensure we continue to take up whatever challenges lie ahead”.
“They will be joining an outstanding network of men and women whose role it is to support the Monarchy and celebrate Kent, its unique history and culture, serve its communities – and contribute positively to its future.”
He further added: “These appointments are important because the Lieutenancy plays a major role as an effective independent force for good in Kent. As the Monarchy does nationally, our aim is to provide a focus for County identity, unity and pride, give a sense of stability, recognise achievements, success and excellence, and promote service to others.”