Lieutenancy of East Sussex

Personal Profile of the Lord-Lieutenant

Andrew Blackman was appointed by The Queen to be Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for East Sussex on the 18th August 2021.

Andrew Blackman is a former art dealer who has previously served as High Sheriff. He was an Ambassador for the Sussex Community Foundation; a committee member of the Order of St Richard, which recognises the contribution of lay people in the service of the church; a former Chair of the Friends of Hastings Country Park; and a former trustee of the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival. He has also sat on the Board of Appeals for St Michael’s Hospice and the Conquest Hospital.

Mr Blackman lives in Fairlight, near Hastings, with his husband Richard Smith.

The Lord-Lieutenant at a community event to celebrate volunteers in Ticehurst in September 2021

The Role of the Lord Lieutenant

  • Lord-Lieutenants are appointed by the Sovereign on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.
  • The Lord-Lieutenant represents the Sovereign in the County of East Sussex, which includes the administrative areas of East Sussex County Council, Brighton and Hove City Council as well as the three District Councils of Lewes, Wealden and Rother and the Boroughs of Eastbourne and Hastings.
  • The duties include looking after members of the Royal Family and Heads of State when they pay official visits to the County of East Sussex.
  • The Lord-Lieutenant chairs the County’s Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace and their appointment (now as joint chairman for the Counties of East and West Sussex) – and there are more than 600 JPs in Sussex.
  • Lieutenancy duties also include presenting honours on behalf of the Crown, and involvement in the honours system.
  • The Lieutenancy maintains close relationships with the Armed Forces, reflecting the ancient office’s original responsibility for the maintenance of order and local defence of the County. There are no active service units in East Sussex (see separate post for Reserves) but the Lord Lieutenant is regularly briefed on activity.
  • The Lord-Lieutenant leads the 40 or so influential Deputy Lieutenants County-wide and is increasingly providing the organisation for their individual networks to interlock for the benefit of East Sussex’s varied communities.
  • The role of the Lieutenancy is entirely non-political. The appointment carries no pay.