Peter Field was appointed by The Queen to be Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for East Sussex on the 19th August 2008, having served as Her Majesty’s Vice Lord Lieutenant from 2000. Born in Brighton in 1946 he was educated in the City and is married with two children.
A Chartered Surveyor by profession, he has always used his skills to support and help the single homeless, notably he helped in the introduction of the Foyer Federation to the UK and in the development of several major Sussex Housing Associations including Brighton Housing Trust and Southdown Housing Association.
A Magistrate for more than 20 years before becoming Lord Lieutenant, he also chaired the highly successful Brighton and Hove Business Community Partnership since its inception in 1994, and for many years served on the South East Leadership Team for the Prince of Wales’ charity Business in the Community (BITC) being appointed the Prince of Wales’ Ambassador for the South East in 2003. For over ten years in the 1990s he chaired the City of Brighton and Hove’s Regeneration Partnership successfully using close on £50m of Government money to lever in a further £100m which contributed to many of the changes to the fabric and culture of the City that are visible today.
Not withstanding his considerable duties representing HM The Queen, he takes seriously the Monarch’s request that he provides encouragement and support for all sectors of the community. This includes supporting and encouraging military organisations, the business sector, statutory undertakings, and charitable and voluntary groups (he is Patron or President of some 40 local organisations), He sits on the board of several commercial companies in the County and is currently also interested in developing and supporting Social Enterprise, Youth employment and Environmental initiatives in particular.