Wing Commander Mike Dudgeon OBE DL
The Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Great London is Wing Commander Mike Dudgeon OBE DL. A Lord-Lieutenant may appoint a Vice Lord-Lieutenant and the nomination is submitted to the Prime Minister in order that the approval of The Monarch may be obtained. The Vice Lord-Lieutenant will stand in when the Lord-Lieutenant cannot be present, is sick or otherwise unable to act, and will carry out such duties as the Lord-Lieutenant decides. The appointment as Vice Lord-Lieutenant normally ends when the Lord-Lieutenant who made the appointment leaves his/her post. By statute, Vice Lord-Lieutenants retire at age 75.
Mike Dudgeon served as an RAF helicopter pilot in the UK and overseas, and latterly in NATO’s Rapid Reaction Force HQ and the Army’s Directorate of Land Warfare. After retiring in 2000 he became involved with charitable organisations. He is a trustee of Action for Blind People and until recently was Vice-Chair of Gresham College. He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London in 2007, Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in 2009, and Vice Lord-Lieutenant in 2011.
Mike was Master of the Mercers’ Company in 2002, is a City of London guide, and rings his church bells in Fulham. He is married to Gilly, and they have two daughters.