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 East Sussex’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.
The Lieutenancy operates a community information service (entitled Lieutenancy in the Community) whereupon Deputy Lieutenants will attend a community group meeting, or a school, or a local organisation such as the Rotary or the Women’s Institute to explain the history of the Lieutenancy, its relevance to the local community and how it can help you. Click here for details.
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Deputy Lieutenants by alphabetical listing:
- Marquess of Abergavenny (Crowborough)
- Running the family estate at Eridge Park he is very involved with Farming diversification and property and town centre re-development. District Councillor for Wealden from 1996 to 2005. Trustee for Royal British Legion Industries. Patron of various local and national charities.
- David Allam DL (Seaford)
Retired solicitor. High Sheriff of East Sussex 2012-2013. Trustee Sussex Community Foundation, Trustee and former Chairman South of
England Agricultural Society. Liveryman The Fletchers Company.
- Julian Avery DL (Etchingham)
Solicitor, with business career in financial services. Former High Sheriff, currently President, High Sheriff’s Association. Chairman, St Michael’s Hospice, Hastings. Treasurer, The Butler Trust. East Sussex County Council Ambassador.
- Deborah Bedford JP DL (Lewes)
Deborah Bedford has been involved in the criminal Justice system for many years. First as a member of the IMB of Lewes prison and then as a magistrate where she is also on the Family Panel. She is involved in a number of local charities, is a Trustee of Chichester Cathedral and a past High Sheriff.
- Andrew Blackman DL (Hastings)
Chairman of Friends of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve and an Ambassador for Sussex Community Foundation. Has been involved with St Michael’s Hospice and with the Conquest Hospital’s appeal for an MRI scanner. Member of the fabric team at St Andrew’s Church, Fairlight. Has used experience with supporters’ groups at the National Gallery and Dulwich Picture Gallery to assist Jerwood Gallery in Hastings and the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition. A former trustee of Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival.
- His Honour Richard Brown DL (Brighton & Hove)
Richard was formerly the Senior Circuit Judge for East Sussex Crown Courts and the first Honorary Recorder of the City of Brighton & Hove. He is now involved in education being a Director and Member of the Management team of a local school.
- Geoffrey Bush DL (Brighton & Hove)
Geoffrey is a steering group member of the Lord Lieutenant’s Volunteering & Voluntary Sector Council. Geoffrey was formerly Chairman of the Diageo Foundation for 25 years and Corporate Citizenship Director at Diageo plc. He has devoted his working life to supporting and developing corporate social responsibility, social enterprise and community support initiatives in the UK and internationally .
- Maureen Chowen DL (Brighton & Hove)
Maureen was the High Sheriff of East Sussex 2017/2018, is married to Michael and lives in Brighton. Maureen is an active supporter of many local charities as well as being a trustee of St Barnabas Hospice and Chestnut Tree House.
- Timothy (Tim) Cobb DL (Eastbourne)
Tim is a public relations professional having set up a public relations company in 1995 which now employs 22 in Eastbourne and Brighton. He is very involved with the Sussex business community. Currently he is President of the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce and he has established networking clubs in Brighton, Gatwick, Tunbridge Wells and Eastbourne to encourage support for local suppliers and to offer support for local charities where he uses his PR/media skills to help the local community whenever he can.
- Prof. Julian Crampton CBE DL (Lewes)
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton 2005 to 2015, Chair of Trustees for the Royal Pavilion and Museums Foundation, Board Member of the Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival, Chair of the Council of the University of Gloucestershire, Member of the Governing Authority of the University of Limerick, Chair of Sea Change Sussex (the economic development company for East Sussex), Board Member of the Universities and Colleges Employers Association, Chairs ‘Our Future City’, and is a Member of the Advisory Committee for the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
- Earl De La Warr DL (Crowborough)
Has worked in the city for over 30 years, and is currently Vice Chairman with Shore Capital, a Non-Executive Director of a number of quoted companies, and a farmer. He is President of Bowles Outdoor Centre, a Trustee of Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre, and a former joint Vice President of Sussex Association of Youth Clubs
- Davinder Dhillon DL (Brighton & Hove)
Davinder is well known in Brighton & Hove where for more than 20 years he has organised the annual Chattri memorial service for World War One Indian soldiers who died of their wounds in Brighton and Hove hospitals. He is married to Wendy and lives in Hove. He is a retired teacher who for many years has used his skills to reinforce the cultural and ethnic diversity of the City and the County.
- Michael Foster DL (St Leonards)
Michael Foster is a solicitor and Freeman of Hastings. He represented the town as Member of Parliament for 13 years and served in Government as the Minister for Equalities up until 2010, helping to steer the Equality Bill through Parliament. He is now Principal and Employment Specialist of Michael Foster Law.
- Roger French OBE DL (Brighton & Hove)
Headed up Brighton & Hove’s buses for over 30 years from 1982 to 2013 as well as involved in many city business forums and groups. Chairman of the Martlets Hospice between 2004 and 2013. He is a Trustee of the Argus Appeal. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport and Companion Member of the Institute of Customer Service.
- Carola Godman Irvine DL (Lewes)
‘A farmer running Ote Hall farms producing beef and arable crops, and a variety of diversification enterprises. A Trustee of several local charities including the South of England Agricultural Society
- Christopher John McLean Gebbie OBE DL (Ringmer)
Chris is a past chairman of the East Sussex Drugs Advisory Council and of Lewes Victoria Hospital League of Friends. He was chairman of Sussex Heritage Trust for four years and recently retired from his role as a Magistrate where he served for 26 years. He was High Sheriff of East Sussex for the year March 2014/15
- Kathy Gore OBE DL (Uckfield)
Worked for a US investment bank in London before moving to East Sussex in 1993. Is Chair of Friends of Sussex Hospices (since 2001) and a Trustee of the Sussex Community Foundation (since2006)
High Sheriff 2011/12 and a former trustee of Martlets Hospice and Sussex Beacon. Currently patron of Chestnut Tree House, Martlets Hospice and Whitehawk Inn.
- Amanda Hamblin DL (Heathfield)
Amanda Hamblin has been involved with the Criminial Justice system for many years, running cognitive behavioural courses in prisons and then serving as a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Lewes. A former High Sheriff of East Sussex, her voluntary work also includes Crimestoppers and the NSPCC, and she is Patron of Homecall, a charity providing services to the blind and visually impaired.
- Veronica Hamilton-Deeley LL.B DL (Lewes)
Veronica is a solicitor and has been the Coroner for the City of Brighton and Hove since 1997 and Deputy for East Sussex prior to that for a number of years. She has an ongoing interest in training and remains actively involved in that role with a local Hospice, Brighton and Hove Medical School and the Preparation for Practice course; also in training junior doctors . Veronica assisted in setting up the local Medical Examiner scheme at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.
- Miles Jenner DL (Lewes)
Miles is Head Brewer and Joint Managing Director of Harvey & Son (Lewes) Ltd. He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Court Assistant at the Worshipful Company of Brewers. He is well known in the County for his support of local charities, education and local business in both a formal and informal capacity, and he is President of the Lewes Little Theatre Company where he both acts and directs.
- Glynn Jones OBE DL (Lewes)
Retired Chief Executive of Brighton and Hove City Council and now Director and Chairman of a number of local not for profit organisations
- Jenny KilBride Roberts MBE DL (Ditchling)
After an early career in the family silk-weaving business, Jenny worked for many years in arts fundraising at Glyndebourne, the Yehudi Menuhin School, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Garsington Opera. She has recently retired as Chairman of Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft and is a Director of Ditchling Commoners’ Association.
- Sarah Kowitz DL (Hastings)
Sarah is well known locally for her support right across the local community. In particular for her fund raising for voluntary and charity groups and for her work with education, the visual arts and the support of music performance in Hastings. She is an active Board member of Sussex’s newest art museum, the Jerwood and has commissioned sculpture in support of the town.
- Colonel Anthony Thomas Lamb MBE DL VR (Eastbourne)
Anthony is a Colonel in the Army Reserves where he is currently Deputy Corps Colonel for the Royal Corps of Signals, responsible for advising RHQ Royal Signals on Reserves matters. Formally he was Commandant of Sussex Army Cadet Force, Colonel Cadets for 11 Infantry Brigade and HQ SE, Chair of the Sussex Joint Service Cadet Committee and he is currently the SE Regional Representative of the Combined Cadet Force Association. Anthony lives in Eastbourne with his wife Linda, a local solicitor, and their two daughters.
- James May DL (Brighton & Hove)
Lives in Brighton and has a background of over 30 years in banking, Jim has many links with the local community . He is currently Chair of Governors at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy, is on the Executive Committee of Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership and advises small businesses. He was Chairman of Sussex County Cricket Club and was both a Chairman of Shoreham Port Authority, and a Non Executive Director of NHS Brighton and Hove, amongst other roles.
- Major Gen. John Moore-Bick CBE DL (Ewhurst Green)
John grew up in Sussex and was a career soldier in the Royal Engineers, and later, General Secretary of the Forces Pension Society. He speaks German, Serbo Croat and Italian, and maintains enduring connections to these areas. He has filled several military appointments in the County and wider, and his principal interest in East Sussex is the rural economy, its farming and forestry. He is a governor of Plumpton College and he and his wife Anne live in Ewhurst Green. He is the High Sheriff for 2018.
- Graham Peters DL (Robertsbridge)
A property owner with a long-term interest in rural regeneration, Graham is Chairman of Team East Sussex, Vice Chairman of SELEP and has other voluntary regeneration roles. He is also a Trustee of Action in Rural Sussex, Director Woodland Enterprises, Flimwell , a Governor of Frewen College and a director of the Rother Valley Railway.
He was High Sheriff of East Sussex in 2013 – 14
- Colonel Nick Richards DL (Hailsham)
Regular Army Officer 1964-99; Regimental Secretary Royal Artillery 1999-2006. He remains actively involved in service charities, in particular he is President of the Eastbourne Combined Ex-Services Association and Vice Chairman of the East Sussex Committee of the ABF – the Soldiers Charity. Ex Director RA Museums Ltd and Trustee Sussex Combined Services Military Museum Trust.
- Michael Rudman DL (Burwash)
Michael retired as a London businessman and now farms near Burwash, he is involved with many East Sussex charities.
- Prof. Alasdair Smith DL (Lewes)
Professor of Economics at the University of Sussex since 1981; and Vice-Chancellor 1998-2007. Chair of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body, 2010-13. Deputy Chair, Competition Commission since 2012.
- John Smith JP DL (Eastbourne)
John has lived and worked in Eastbourne for most of his life, and is now a retired from teaching. He has been an active Magistrate in East Sussex for over thirty years.
- Mrs Juliet Smith JP (Brighton)
Juliet is a former High Sheriff of East Sussex (2015-2016) and is a magistrate of many years’ standing (currently 26). She was Chairman of the Central Bench (formerly Brighton, Hove and Lewes Bench) from 2005 to 2008 and Chairman of the East Sussex Branch of the Magistrates Association from 2008 – 2011. Her professional life has been in the educational field, ultimately managing and inspecting schools, as well as appointing, appraising and training head teachers. She has been chairman of four schools’ governors.
- Baroness Steadman-Scott OBE DL (Hastings)
Debbie Scott is Chief Executive of a national employment charity (Tomorrow’s People) that helps disadvantaged people to get, and keep, a job. She became a member of House of Lords in July 2010 and her particular interests are in welfare to work.
- Derek Stevens DL (Bexhill and Rother)
Derek is the former Chief Executive of Rother District Council and is married to Lesley with two daughters Sophie and Amy. He is involved in a number of local organisations and a member of the Corporation of Sussex Coast College Hastings. Derek represented Great Britain at the marathon and still likes to try to maintain a “level” of fitness!
- Christopher Whittick DL (Lewes)
Christopher is the County Archivist of East Sussex and has served with the County Council for 40 years. He is chairman of the Sussex Historic Churches Trust, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Antiquaries and the Artworkers Guild. He regularly teaches palaeography and local history at the Universities of Sussex, London, Oxford, Cambridge and Keele, and has recently completed his catalogue of the Battle Abbey archive at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California.
- Chantal Wilson DL (Crowborough)
A former independent town councillor and Chairman of Wealden District Council Chantal is Chairman of the Crowborough Community Association and a trustee of several Sussex charities such as the Friends of Sussex Hospices, Action in Rural Sussex and the Friends of Crowborough Hospital where she has been a Trustee for over 20 years