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 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.
Mrs Nadra Ahmed OBE DL (Tonbridge & Malling)
Mrs Geraldine Allinson DL (Ashford)
Mr Jacques Arnold DL (Tonbridge and Malling)
Lord Astor of Hever DL (Sevenoaks)
Mr Paul Auston DL (Swale)
Brigadier (Retd) Nick Baveystock DL (Maidstone)
Mr Michael Bax DL (Ashford)
Mr Peter W Blackwell JP DL (Tunbridge Wells)
Major (Retd) Dennis Bradley BEM DL (Folkestone and Hythe)
Mrs Louise Bryant JP DL (Tonbridge and Malling)
His Honour Judge Jeremy Carey DL (Ashford)
The Lady Clarke DL (Ashford)
Mr Bill Cockcroft DL (Maidstone)
The Lord Colgrain DL (Sevenoaks)
Mr Desmond Crampton DL (Canterbury)
Sir Roger De Haan CBE DL (Folkestone and Hythe)
Mrs Rosemary Dymond DL (Gravesham)
The Lord Evans of Weardale KCB DL (Areas bordering Kent)
Mr Bill Fawcus DL (Dover)
Mr Bill Ferris OBE DL (Maidstone)
Colonel (ACF) Chris Gilbert DL (Medway)
Brigadier Peter Gilbert TD DL (Medway)
Colonel Jonathan (Jo) Gunnell OBE DL (Dover)
Mrs Valerie Hale JP DL (Canterbury)
Mr Richard Henderson JP DL (Ashford)
The Reverend Martin Henwood DL (Dartford)
The Very Revd Dr Philip Hesketh AKC DL (Medway)
Mr Kelvin R Holford DL (Dartford)
Mr Jools Holland OBE DL (Medway)
Miss Joanne Holmes DL (Tonbridge and Malling)
Mr Douglas Horner DL (Sevenoaks)
Mr George E Jessel DL (Ashford)
The Lord King of Lothbury KG GBE FBA DL (Canterbury)
Mr Stephen W Kingsman DL (Canterbury)
Miss Kate Lampard CBE DL (Swale)
Mrs Jane Loudon DL (Ashford)
Mr Nicholas Marden LVO DL (Ashford)
Mr Frank Martin DL (Thanet)
Brigadier (Retd) John Meardon DL (Canterbury)
Mr Philip Merricks MBE DL (Areas bordering Kent)
Mr Geoff Miles DL (Folkestone and Hythe)
Sir Keith Mills GBE DL (Tunbridge Wells)
Brigadier (Retd) Trevor Minter OBE DL (Canterbury)
Mr John Moir TD DL (Dover)
Mr Ben Moorhead DL (Folkestone and Hythe)
Mrs Melissa Murdoch DL (Tunbridge Wells)
Mr Jonathan Neame DL (Swale)
Air Marshal (Retd) Christopher Nickols CB CBE DL (Canterbury)
Lieutenant Colonel Brian O’Gorman DL (Dover)
Colonel James Partridge TD DL (Areas bordering Kent)
Mr Russell Race JP DL (Medway)
Mrs Marion Regan MBE (Tonbridge and Malling)
Rt Hon Sir Hugh Robertson KCMG DL (Maidstone)
The Lord Sackville (Sevenoaks)
Mr Tim M Steel DL (Swale)
Mr Clive Stevens DL (Thanet)
Mr Trevor Sturgess DL (Maidstone)
Mrs James Teacher DL (Tonbridge and Malling)
Dr Bhargawa Vasudaven DL (Gravesham)
Dr Mohan D Velamati DL (Medway)
Mrs Victoria Wallace DL (Maidstone)
Mrs Georgie Warner DL (Tunbridge Wells)
Her Honour Judge Adèle Williams DL (Ashford)
The Very Reverend Dr Robert Willis DL (Canterbury)
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 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.
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.
The Lady Clarke DL
Rosemary Clarke was a JP in Kent for many years and served on the IMB of Blantyre House prison in Kent. She chaired a charity, the Blantyre House Vocational Fund, giving grants to serving prisoners until the prison was re-roled. She is on the Advisory Council of the Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s Fund, a similar charity associated with the Old Bailey and raises money for them by performing in theatrical productions there. She is an Honorary Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.
Mr Richard Henderson JP DL
Richard Henderson sits as a JP on the East Kent Bench and represents Kent’s Magistrates on the National Council of the Magistrates Association. He is a former Director of investment managers Henderson Group plc and served on the National Trust’s Regional committee for the South East as Chairman of its Finance Committee.
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, currently President of Trustees, Huggens College almshouses. Trustee Avante Partnership (Chairman Stepahead Support). Trustee Stour Music Company. Women of Kent Luncheon Committee member. Patron 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 Judge 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.
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.
Brigadier (Retd) Trevor Minter OBE DL
Former Commander 2 (South East) Brigade and Deputy Constable Dover Castle. Awarded the OBE for leadership of his Fusilier Battalion in Bosnia. Works for a charitable foundation and is the former Colonel, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
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.
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.
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.
Former General Manager of Property and Planning at Dover Harbour Board and Chairman of South Kent College. Has various charitable and voluntary interests around Dover.
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.
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.
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 for a private practice. 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 Prince Harry and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).
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, also a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. 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, and now serving as a trustee of his local hospice – Ellenor.
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.
Senior Partner of a Quantity Surveying Practice. Former Chief Commissioner of England for the Scout Association, currently chairing the organising committee of the 2007 Centenary World Scout Jamboree in the UK.
Brigadier (Retd) Nick Baveystock DL
Nick is the Director General of the Institution of Civil Engineers. A Royal Engineer for over 25 years, he served across the world, with his final appointment as Commandant of the Royal School of Military Engineering in Chatham. He sits on the boards of Engineering UK and 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 the British Olympic Association and Chairman of the Canterbury Cathedral Appeal. 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.
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.
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.
The Lady Colgrain DL
Kent Visitor for The Henry Smith Charity and previously a volunteer for many years with Sevenoaks Citizens Advice Bureau. Currently employed by an inner City CAB and partner in an 800 acre family farm in West Kent.
The Lord Colgrain DL
Oversees the running of the family farm and works in London in Executive Search specialising in Financial Services. President of the Kent County Agricultural Society, Chairman of the Trustees of Belmont House and Belnor Farms, near Faversham. Trustee of the Rochester Cathedral Trust and Governor of Sevenoaks School. Kent Ambassador and was the High Sheriff of Kent in 2013/14.
Mr Douglas Horner DL
Extensively involved in economic development and rural affairs in Kent including with the SE Local Enterprise Partnership, Kent and Medway Economic Partnership and its Business Advisory Board, Kent Rural Advocates, Kent County Agricultural Society and SE Farming and Rural Issues Group. He is also a Kent Ambassador.
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 Tim Steel DL
Director, Cazenove Capital Management. Chairman, Turner Contemporary Art Trust, Margate; Chairman of Governors, Wellesley House School, Broadstairs, and a Kent Ambassador.
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.
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 James Teacher DL
Mrs James Teacher (Chloe) has lived and farmed in Kent for most of her life with regular forays to Scotland where she has family commitments. She was on the Kent Committee of the CLA for 20 years, serving as County Chairman and on various headquarters committees. Other committee work included the Game Conservancy Trust, Hadlow College and Capel County Primary School. She served as High Sheriff of Kent from 1994-95.
Mr Peter W Blackwell JP DL – Link DL for Tunbridge Wells
A retired human resources manager born and educated in Kent. Appointed a magistrate in 1971, and has held prominent positions in the Magistracy at Bench, county and national levels. Involved in several Tunbridge Wells based charities and voluntary organisations.
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.
Mrs Georgie Warner DL
High Sheriff of Kent 2011-12. Trustee of Kent Community Foundation, Trustee of Rochester Cathedral Trust, Kent Ambassador and Patron of Hadlow College.
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. From 2007 to 2013 he was Director General of the Security Service. He is now a non-executive director of HSBC Holdings, a Patron of West Kent YMCA and of Sevenoaks School, a governor of Skinners Kent Academy in Tunbridge Wells 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.