Deputy Lieutenants (DLs) are appointed by the Lord-Lieutenant, at his discretion, to assist him in his duties. They must live within Greater London, or within seven miles of the boundary. Their appointment does not terminate with the changing of the Lord-Lieutenant, but by statute they retire at age 75. DLs are distinguished residents who either have served the local community, or have a history of service in other fields. In particular, DLs should be people well-known in their locality for the service they have or are giving through public life, charitable activity, voluntary service or the uniformed services. It is axiomatic that, having been chosen on the basis of service already given, a DL is expected to continue to serve the community both within and outside the framework of the Lieutenancy. To underline their willingness to serve DLs must, before their commissions are signed, give the Lord-Lieutenant a written assurance that they will “to the best of their ability, assist in the performance of any public duty which may be laid upon the Lord-Lieutenant”.
The Lord-Lieutenant appoints people so that they are able to undertake duties on his behalf and has specific qualifications in mind, including:
- shares the Lieutenancy’s values;
- can evidence a personal commitment to social inclusion and a willingness to contribute to the delivery of the Lieutenancy Strategy, ‘Building Bridges for a Fairer London’;
- has talents currently missing from the Lieutenancy cadre;
- a person’s merit as displayed in significant service given to their country, their area or their county: in this sense appointment as a DL and the local recognition it brings may be regarded as a form of honour;
- a continuing commitment to service within the Lieutenancy, whether or not requested by the Lord-Lieutenant;
- geographical location to help with the coverage of Greater London;
- particular expertise which can contribute to the Lieutenancy’s understanding of affairs within London;
- probity, honesty and the ability to gain the respect of his neighbourhood.
Potential candidates are normally nominated by a third party. The overall aim is that within Greater London, DLs are widely representative of the area’s life in social range, gender, community background, ethnic mix and service to the community. At present there are some 100 DLs in the Greater London Lieutenancy.
The Lord-Lieutenant wishes to use the process of DL appointment and retirement positively. Appointing the right people, having few inactive DLs and involving all DLs in the work of the Lieutenancy.
It should be noted that the Lord-Lieutenant, Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants are all voluntary, unpaid positions and no expenses are received to cover uniforms, travel etc.
The Deputy Lieutenants of Greater London
Dr Tariq Abbasi MBE DL
Tariq Abbasi has worked as an Investment Banker and as a real estate developer for the past twenty five years. In addition to running his own business, he has been serving as a trustee for several national and International charitable organisations, supporting and advocating peace and justice. In addition he has also assisted in educating young children from under privileged backgrounds.
Received his MBE in 2011 for his community cohesion work in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Bexley.
Tariq is a Freeman of the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the recipient of a lifetime achievement award for his services to community.
Tariq is also recipient of personal commendation from the Chief of Defence Staff General Sir Nicholas Houghton CDS GCB CBE ADC Gen for services to the British Armed Forces. Founder member Armed Forces Muslim Forum.
Tariq is married to Zalina with three grown up children
Dr Mustafa Abu-Lisan DL
A Clinical Chemist by profession and recipient of the International Fellowship from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry; ex Member of the WHO Expert Panel on Rational Use of Antibiotics; founding Chair of Chelsea Muslim Community Hub; Member of the Bi-Borough Prevent & Community Advisory Group; Governor to an outstanding NGA Federation Champion, Fox-Ashburnham Federation and tireless worker for social inclusion, equality and unity among various communities and faith groups in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.
Formerly Director of Clinical Laboratories for the Capital Health Region & Amiri Teaching Hospital in Kuwait; Associate Professor & Consultant Clinical Biochemist at St Luke’s Teaching Hospital in Malta; General Secretary, Arab Federation of Clinical Biochemists; Vice-President, Arab Federation of Clinical Biologists.
Lives in Chelsea with his two grown up sons.
Lady Arnold DL
Elizabeth Arnold has worked for the last 20 years in the Not for Profit Sector in London, mainly in the arts but also with youth homeless. Her emphasis is always on youth education and opportunity.
Sir William Atkinson DL
William Atkinson spent 42 years teaching in secondary schools mainly in Inner London, including 27 years as Headteacher of four different schools.
William has extensive experience of working with the voluntary sector. He is currently chair of The Lyric Board Hammersmith, Board member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Trustee of The Clink Charity, Governor of Tottenham University Technical College, Trustee of The Urbis Academy Trust. William has contributed to a wide range of TV and Radio broadcasts. In 2008 William was Knighted for services to Education and the Community.
William is married to Jacquie and they have four adult children.
Colonel Paul Acda TD DL
Paul spent 39 years in HM Customs and Excise, of which 32 were as a criminal investigator. He retired as the Deputy Chief Investigation Officer responsible for customs law enforcement in Northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. From 2000 to 2010 he worked for the UN and the EU in the Balkans setting up and then monitoring the customs service in Kosovo. Paul was an Army Reserve Officer retiring after 35 years service with the rank of Colonel. He was Rep DL for Redbridge for 4 years. He is particularly interested in Army Reserve matters, cadets and young people in uniform and in overseas development. He contributes to SSAFA, the Red Cross and is Vice Chairman and Trustee of the Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry Association.
Captain Peter Baker RD DL RNR
Following a short career in the Royal Navy, Peter joined the Royal Naval Reserve. He was based onboard HMS President in London and served for over 30 years. In his civilian career, he worked in Information Technology with the Department of Health, retiring after 35 years service. He is married to Jacqueline and lives in Essex. He enjoys hill walking, music and military history.
Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari MBE
Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari MBE, DL is a noted civic leader, author and commentator who has been serving Britain’s diverse communities for three decades.
He was a member of Government’s Inner Cities Religious Council (late 1990s to early 2000s), Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain (2006-2010), Chairman of East London Mosque (2002-2013) and Board member of the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG, 2006-13). He is a Fellow of the RSA, Honorary Fellow of QMUL and Honorary Doctor of Education at UEL.
He is an Executive Committee member of Citizens UK. He provides strategic support to a number of large charities. As an educationalist and parenting consultant, he mentors young professionals on civic participation.
John Barber Esq DL
John is chief executive of a charity for the elderly in Newham for 25 years, prior to this for 20 years was in property in East London and Essex area, his interests are City of London is a member of two livery company one of which he was prime warden, and a warden of the Guild of Freemen, arts and antiques plus travel when time allows. For many years he has been a trustee of Newham Music, House Mill Trust and recently the Arts and Scholars Charity, also patron of various charities including Helen Rollason Cancer Charity.
Ian Barlow Esq DL
Ian currently serves as a Non-Executive Director for Smith and Nephew Plc, Foxtons Plc and Brunner Investment Trust Plc, chairing the Audit Committee at each company. He is also the lead non executive director, chairing the Board, of HM Revenue and Customs and a board member of the China-Britain Business Council. Ian retired from KPMG LLP in 2008 as Senior Partner, London. He is a former member of the London Development Agency (2008-12), Chairman of Think London, the former inward investment agency (2003-11), Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces (2008-13) and Chairman of the Racecourse Association, the trade body for the UK’s racecourses (2009-15).
Ian is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser. He holds an MA in Engineering Science from Cambridge University.
The Lady Benjamin OBE DL
Baroness Floella Benjamin, of Beckenham OBE – actress, author, businesswoman, award winning producer, children’s television presenter, best known for appearing in BBC iconic Play School & Play Away. Born in Trinidad she arrived in a cold, unwelcoming UK in 1960. Her book ‘Coming to England’, a Guardian book of 2016, gives an account her challenging early experiences in Britain. She stepped down as Chancellor – University of Exeter in 2016, after ten years. In celebration the University commissioned a bronze statue of her which stands on the Exeter Campus. Elevated to the peerage in 2010, her mission is to make the world a better place for children.
The Lord Bilimoria CBE DL
Karan Bilimoria is the founder of Cobra Beer, Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited, a Joint Venture with Molson Coors, and Chairman of Molson Coors Cobra India.
Lord Bilimoria is the Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council, a former Chancellor of Thames Valley University (now the University of West London); he was the youngest University Chancellor in the UK when appointed. Karan is Senior Non-Executive Director of the Booker Group PLC; he is one of the first two visiting entrepreneurs at the University of Cambridge; he is a founding member of the Prime Minister of India’s Global Advisory Council. In 2006, Karan Bilimoria was appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, making him the first ever Zoroastrian Parsi to sit in the House of Lords. He is an honorary fellow of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Judge Business School, Cambridge University. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young and graduated in law from the University of Cambridge. In July 2014, he was installed as the seventh Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, making him the first Indian-born Chancellor of a Russell Group University in Great Britain, and he is the President of the UK Council for International Students Affairs (UKCISA).
Mrs Jenny Bianco DL
Jenny is a former secondary school teacher who served 16 years on Westminster City Council. She was Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster in 1993/4. Jenny currently runs a catering business in central London.
Mike Brace Esq CBE
Born in Hackney in 1950 Mike was blinded aged ten, by a firework concealed in a bottle. Mike has had 2 parallel careers – one in sport and the other in social work/voluntary sector. Mike regards his greatest sporting moments as, representing his country at cross-country Skiing in the Paralympics and being a Board Member of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Bid Team and then the Organising Committee.
Mike’s working highlights have been, working as a social worker and manager in four London Boroughs and setting up VISION 2020 UK, which is an umbrella charity in the sight loss sector.
Having retired in 2012 Mike now undertakes speaking engagements to challenge perceptions of disability, and to raise funds for his many charities.
Nick Bracken OBE DL
Nick was born in West Ham and has lived in East London all his life. He served 33 years in both the British Transport and Metropolitan Police services rising to the rank of Commander. Upon retiring from the Police in 2011 he joined the London Borough of Newham and he has recently retired as their Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive. His past postings have included being the Borough Commander of Newham in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic games and being the Commander for North East London. He has also being the head of CID for the British Transport Police including counter terrorism. He is a former Chairman of the East London Community Sports Association and currently is the chairman of East London Rugby Club, a Life Vice President of the British Police Rugby Association and committee member for British Transport Police rugby.
He is a liveryman of the Worshipful company of security professionals and a freeman of both the City of London and the London Borough of Newham.
Mrs Kay Brock LVO DL
Kay has worked in both public and private sector: initially a Whitehall civil servant, she moved to management consultancy, particularly in post-communist eastern Europe. She was The Queen’s Assistant Private Secretary 1999-2002, and then Chief of Staff to six Lord Mayors of the City of London. Currently she is Chief of Staff to the Archbishop of Canterbury. She is on the Advisory Council of the LSO, and is a Governor of Sherborne Girls’ School. In addition to music and education, her interests include prisons, dance, young offenders and the natural world. She was educated at Somerville College Oxford and London Business School.
Colonel Mark Bryant MBE DL
Mark completed 25 years service with the Metropolitan Police, 20 years as a Detective. Having served for 37 years with the Army Cadet Force, his present appointments are Colonel Cadets at HQ London District and a Trustee of the Army Cadet Force Association.
Hobbies include restoration of old military vehicles and making walking sticks.
Sir Steve Bullock DL
Steve retired as Lewisham’s directly-elected mayor in May 2018 after serving four terms. Since 2010 he had been serving as the London Councils’ Executive lead on Housing and the Mayor of London’s Homes for Londoners Board.
Steve is a director of the Housing & Finance Institute which seeks to boost the capacity of the sector and secure increased delivery. He is continuing to work with some individual local councils on improvement as part of the Local Government Association (LGA) Peer Programme.
Sir Steve’s local government career started at the Greater London Council (GLC) in 1976. In 1982 he was elected on to Lewisham Council, where he served as Leader for five years between 1988 and 1993. He also ran a local Community Health Council and was later Chair of University Hospital Lewisham NHS Trust.
He served as Deputy Chair of the LGA and chaired its Commercial Board. He previously led the LGA’s work on Human Resources including oversight of national pay bargaining for the sector.
During his time as mayor Sir Steve increased the delivery of new housing in Lewisham and enabled the Council to begin building homes for rent again. During his final term the council launched the innovative “Ladywell Place” scheme involving a modular construction method. He also placed particular emphasis on working with and for young people and introduced the ground-breaking Lewisham Young Mayor programme.
His interests include theatre, country walks and traditional music. He is a patron of the Saltburn Festival of Folk Music, Dance and Song which takes place in North Yorkshire each August.
Mrs Ann Cable MBE DL
Ann’s professional life was as a primary headteacher and educationalist. Having been a volunteer in St John Ambulance for over 40 years, she’s held a variety of posts and was the first female Commissioner of London St John. She currently has
responsibility for major events and resilience and is also an adviser on volunteering for the national headquarters. When her spare time permits, she enjoys reading, cooking and walking.
Mr Bruce Carnegie-Brown DL
Bruce became a Deputy Lieutenant in February 2015. With the exception of three years spent living in Japan, he has lived and worked in London in the banking, insurance and asset management industries for more than 30 years. He is passionate about theatre and history and currently serves as a Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces, the charity responsible for looking after six former royal palaces, including The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace and serves as a Trustee of Shakespeare’s Globe Trust which manages the Globe Theatre and Education complex on the South Bank.
Bruce is a graduate of Oxford University and lives in South West London.
Mrs Sandy Cahill DL
Following her time as a drama teacher and then theatre Stage Manager, Sandy began her 30 year career in television. She started in Production, working on a variety of shows ranging from major entertainment and comedies to classic dramas. She moved to broadcasting, was a Member of the Channel Four launch team before returning to the BBC in charge of Transmission. Amongst her other responsibilities was management of the Weather Centre and Childrens’ BBC presentation. Finally she became the Controller of TV Operations.
Sandy is a former Chairman of the Hurlingham Club, a Friend of Wandsworth Prison and a Trustee of the Arts Educational School in SW London. Theatre, Bridge and Cornwall are her passions.
Colonel Ewen Cameron TD DL
Ewen is a former regular and Territorial Army officer. A solicitor, he is on the board of two property companies. He is the chairman of the Greater London Reserve Forces and Cadets Association and holds various trusteeships, including a pension fund and a heritage agricultural estate. He is a member of Her Majesty’s Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms.
Mr Thomas Chan DL
Thomas is of Hong Kong Chinese origin and has worked in the voluntary and public sectors. He has served on various public committees including the Metropolitan Police Committee and the Home Secretary’s Race Relations Forum.
In 2001, he started his own business specialising in delivering business consultancy support for small and medium size enterprises. He has been active in supporting the UK’s Chinese community for over thirty years with the aim of promoting better dialogue between UK policy makers and members of the community.
Thomas served as a Councillor in the London Borough of Redbridge for 12 years and in 2009/10, he was elected Mayor of the Borough – the first ethnic Chinese to hold this position in the UK.
He enjoys films, current affairs and travelling.
After leaving school, Viscount Chelsea (Edward) joined the Royal Air Force in 1987 and served for 11 years in the RAF Regiment. In 2002 he joined his local Territorial Army regiment (51 Highland), becoming Commanding Officer of 7 SCOTS in February 2010. He handed over command at the end of 2012 and is currently with SO1 Army Reform (Reserve).
He is Chairman of the family company, Cadogan Estates Limited, and also enjoys spending time on the family’s Scottish estate in Perthshire. His other directorships include Cadogan Hall Limited (Chairman), The Royal Hospital Chelsea Appeal Limited (Volunteer Fundraiser), The Committee of the Friends of the Royal Hospital (Chairman), The Turquoise Mountain Trust (Trustee) and the Natural History Museum (formerly a Trustee and now a volunteer fundraiser). In October 2012, he became a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London. In 2015, he joined the Queen’s Bodyguard for Scotland, Royal Company of Archers. In 2016 he became Honorary Colonel, 6 Regiment Army Air Corps.
He divides his time equally between London and Scotland. He spends his spare time keeping fit, engaging in country pursuits, skiing and leading an outdoor, active life.
Chris Cotton DL
Chris a practicing Architect for over 30 years has had a lifelong interest in music and the Royal Albert Hall. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Hall in 2009 retiring in 2017. This was a period of major growth for the charity and development of a significant outreach programme supporting the wider community. He is currently Chair of Jerwood Space, part of the Jerwood Foundation family of organisations committed to supporting and nurturing excellence in the arts; a Trustee of the Foundling museum, a Trustee of Julie’s Bicycle assisting the creative community to embed environmental sustainability into their operations, creative work and business practice. Retaining his interest in live performance he is a Director of Cadogan Hall, one of London’s more intimate venues offering a rich and varied programme of live events. Chris and his wife Mel have 5 grandchildren.
David Dangoor Esq DL
David was educated in Baghdad, Wallingford, Imperial College London and IBM, after which he worked in UK commercial property. He is a Vice President of the Jewish Leadership Council, and an active Sponsor/Governor of The Westminster Academy in a deprived area of West London. His family foundation, The Exilarch’s Foundation, supports numerous other charities including in education, widening access, science research and medical innovation. Passionate about encouraging young people into science and medicine , David is Honorary President of the Space Science Engineering Foundation and is also a member of the International Board of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.
He recently zip-wired across the Thames, by the Houses of Parliament, in support of the Evelina Children’s Hospital. He and his wife Judy have 4 adult children.
General The Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL
Lord Dannatt (Richard) was a soldier for forty years concluding his military career as Chief of the General Staff – the professional head of the British Army. Since retiring from active duty in 2009, he has been Constable of the Tower of London and in 2011 became an independent member of the House of Lords. He is a frequent commentator on defence and security issues in the media. He is Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Durham Global Security Institute which focuses on conflict prevention through the integration of defence, diplomacy and development. He is also on a number of other boards in the private and charitable sectors, and holds several other appointments including President of Help for Heroes. He divides his time between London and his family home in Norfolk where he is a Deputy Lieutenant for both counties. He published his autobiography: “Leading from the Front” in 2010. He is married with four children.
Colonel Jane Davis OBE QVRM TD DL
Jane has been a nurse for over 40 years working mostly within Accident and Emergency in London but currently is the Secondary care nurse for NHS Camden Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body and sits on Conduct and Competence panels for the Nursing and Midwifery Council. She served in the Army Reserve for 36 years retiring in 2015 as the Deputy Commander at 2nd Medical Brigade in the rank of Colonel. Jane was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 as the Senior Nurse for the Role 3 Hospital at Camp Bastion. Jane served from 2005 to 2009 as the Queens Honorary Nurse and in 2014 was appointed as Col Commandant Queen Alexander’s Royal Army Nursing Corps. She was awarded the Territorial Decoration in 1994, the QVRM in the New Year’s Honours in 2001 and the OBE in the New Year’s Honours in 2012.
Amongst a variety of charitable interests she is a trustee of The HALO Trust and the Army Medical Services Museum. Jane travels widely with The HALO Trust as a medical advisor where her involvement includes development of medical training programmes, procurement of medical equipment and the training and validation of minefield paramedics
Robert Davis DL
Robert Davis had been a Councillor on Westminster Council since 1982 till 2018
He is currently Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Business, Culture and Heritage. Previously having served for over fifteen years, as Chairman of the Council’s principal Planning Committee and Cabinet Member for the Built Environment.
Robert was Lord Mayor of Westminster in 1996-1997 and currently acts as a rota Deputy Lord Mayor. He was Chairman of the London Mayors’ Association for 18 years.
Recently retired as a partner in a firm of solicitors, Robert is also Chairman of the Regents Park Open Air Theatre; a Trustee of the Savoy Educational Trust; a Trustee of Mousetrap Theatre Projects; President of the City of Westminster Guide Lecturers Association and a founding Trustee of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation
Nirj Deva Esq DL MEP
Nirj Deva is a Member of the European Parliament for the South East of England, having been elected in 1999 and subsequently re-elected in 2004, 2009 and 2014. Within the Parliament, Nirj holds the position of Vice-Chairman of the Development Committee. He studied aeronautical engineering at Loughborough University before entering business; he remains a company chairman and director. In 1981 he was appointed as Chairman of the Bow Group. From 1992-97, Nirj was Member of Parliament for Brentford & Isleworth. During this time, he served as PPS in the Scottish Office, in addition to his position as special advisor for ethnic affairs. In 2006, Nirj was a candidate to succeed Kofi Annan as UN Secretary-General and also ran for the position of President of the European Parliament (2011). Nirj has been a Deputy Lieutenant for the Greater London Lieutenan since 1985.
Sir Michael Dixon DL
Director, Natural History Museum
Dixon studied at Imperial College London, graduating with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and was awarded Associateship of the Royal College of Science (ARCS). He undertook postgraduate studies at the University of York, completing his Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree in 1984. He was Director General of the Zoological Society of London and became Director of the Natural History Museum on 1 June 2004. The appointment of Dixon at the NHM is noteworthy in its marking a break with tradition in which the Director has been an eminent practising scientist. Dixon was knighted in the Birthday Honours for 2014 in recognition of his services to museums
Colonel Duckworth OBE DL
Born and educated in SW London, Simon is a Cambridge graduate who has a range of non-executive roles in the public and private sectors. A former Chairman of the City of London Police Authority, Simon chaired the National Olympics Security Oversight Group from 2009-12, and was then tasked by the Home Office to establish the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners, where he serves as a Board Member. He helped to set up and develop the National Crime Agency and is currently the senior non-executive Director at the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).
Simon briefly served with the HAC in the early 1980s but was recalled to duty as Deputy Hon.Colonel of the Royal Military Police in 2012, a rather unexpected promotion! He was appointed as the Hon.Colonel of the newly formed 1 MP Brigade in 2015; he is also Vice-Chairman of the City’s RFCA.
Simon has been a member of the City’s Court of Common Council since 2000, he was appointed a DL in 2008, and then as one of HM’s Lieutenants for the City of London in 2010. Married to Caroline, they live in Southwark, a stone’s throw from the IWM, but spend parts of the year at Caroline’s parental home on the southern shore of the Firth of Firth just outside Edinburgh.
David Easton Esq JP DL
David was born in SE London and has worked in the capital throughout his entire career. He served as a uniformed officer for 26 years, across all parts of London, in the London Fire Brigade, attending many of the major incidents that occurred in the capital during that period. Since 2000, David has worked for the London Borough of Bexley, and currently has responsibility for a number of departments, including the organisation and management of election events, the delivery of the Registrar’s service and the promotion of the Mayoralty and work of local Councillors. David is passionate about the role of the Mayoralty in local areas and is keen to further young people’s knowledge and understanding of this historical aspect of London’s heritage. He has served as a Magistrate on the SE London Bench for over 10 years. David and his wife, Janet, have four children and four grandchildren.
Pat Edwards DL
Pat is currently the Chief Executive of NEWTEC, an East London charity, engaged in the delivery of employment related programmes for young people, adults and employers, and the management of a chain of early year’s settings. His previous roles have included being an Executive Director within a national Homeless Housing Association – providing job opportunities to a range of excluded individuals. Pat started his teaching career as a Lecturer in Design and Construction Technology, and then progressed to a Vice Principal at a large North London Further Education College. Pat also worked for two large London based local authorities as a Building Surveyor and Building Engineer. He started his career as a Designer at a medium sized construction company, providing design solutions to blue chip companies, after completing his apprenticeship in Architectural Metal work. Pat is a product of the Further Education sector and has graduated with an MBA and an MA in Management Practice. He is also a Chartered Construction Manager and a Chartered Building Engineer. Pat is passionate about providing innovative learning solutions to engage the most disadvantaged individuals in society to inspire desire. Pat is married, with two children and two grandchildren.
Major J TD DL Fern
Jeremy Fern has been Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Waltham Forest since 2007.
He is a consultant in fields including infrastructure investment, trade promotion and renewable energy. Previously he was Head of City Affairs at the City of London Corporation and before that worked in asset management and compliance. He served in the Territorial Army for 35 years as a sub-unit commander and staff officer, is an inner London secondary school governor and has been Master of the Farriers Company. He is a trustee of several charities.
He is married to Vicky, who teaches modern languages at a Hertfordshire secondary school. They have two children at university and one working overseas.
Jeremy’s interests include the history of London and its diversity, education and the natural world.
Colonel Stephen Foakes TD DL
Stephen is a retired private banker who spent his working life with Coutts & Co in various appointments, mainly in the City of London.
He was a member of the Army Reserve for 30 years and was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant in 1996. He served as the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Barking and Dagenham between 1997 and 2004.
He is a Past Master of the Drapers Company, Chairman of Drapers’ Brookside Junior School and a Director of the Drapers’ Multi Academy Trust.
His voluntary appointments include President of Barking and Dagenham Scout District, Vice-President of NE County of London Scouts, Honorary Colonel of 71st (City of London) Yeomanry Signal Regiment and Honorary Steward at Westminster Abbey.
Dr Sheila Geowolb DL
Dr Sheila Gewolb is Vice President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and chairs the Community and Education Division. Much of her work focuses on outreach education and she has recently set up the Jewish Visitors Schools Network (JVSN) which aims to provide a centralised resource for schools wanting to learn more about Judaism. She personally visits many schools, both primary and secondary, in the greater London area, to speak about her own personal Jewish journey and how understanding and respect for people of all faiths and none is vital for community cohesion.
The Reverend Lesley Goldsmith DL
Before ordination Lesley spent 30 years in local government, working in inner city London, in Housing and Environmental Health. She helped introduce appraisals and mentoring across the organisation, and in later years her role involved performance review together with setting targets for development. Lesley has retained an interest in regeneration, particularly as it affects the communities where she lives and ministers in east London.
Lesley was a chaplain to the local night shelter in the multi cultural and multi faith area of East Ham, and since June 2008 has been the vicar at St Edmund’s Chingford, also a very diverse area, in terms of culture, faith and levels of deprivation.
She enjoys walking around London, finding new and varied ways to travel on the River Thames and maintaining her large garden, which is a haven for wildlife
Rupert Goodman DL
Rupert was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. He is Founder and Chairman of FIRST (a double winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise). Chairman of World Petroleum, Chairman of World Energy Insight, Founder Director (with General The Lord Richards) of Equilibrium, Chairman of Elmbridge Partners, Chairman of the British Kazakh Society, Vice President of Fauna and Flora International and Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society. He was a Trustee of the National Botanic Garden of Wales (2005-2008) and a PPA Award winner in 1993. He was appointed a DL of Greater London in 2012, is the recipient of a London Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s Commendation and is a Freeman of the City of London. He founded the Responsible Capitalism Initiative in 2000, co-editing (with Lord Cormack) the book Responsible Capitalism. He is a Trustee and Deputy Chair of Prince’s Trust International. Rupert is married to Pamela (a Travel Editor) and they have three children (Felix, Polly and Lucy).
Dr Charles Goodson-Wickes DL
Charles became a DL of Greater London in 1999 and Representative DL for Islington in 2011. He was born in City of London Maternity Hospital, Islington. Later Resident, Medical Student, Arsenal Season-Ticket holder, School Governor, Consulting Physician and Charity Executive in the Borough.
Qualified at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Commissioned into The Life Guards he served as Medical Officer in Germany, Northern Ireland, Cyprus and London. He re-enlisted – whilst a Member of Parliament – as a Lieutenant Colonel In Gulf War 1 in the Liberation of Kuwait. He was the Principal of 2 leading Occupational Health practices.
As a Member of Parliament (1987-97) he served as PPS in the Departments of the Treasury, Environment and Transport. He has held Directorships of 2 FTSE 250 companies and is currently the Chairman of a multi-national Security Printing company.
His Charitable interests have included the London Playing Fields Foundation (Chief Executive) , Countryside Alliance (Chm), Combat Stress (V-Pres) , Canning House (Dir Gen) and the Rural Trust (Chm- now absorbed into the Prince’s Countryside Fund). He is also qualified as a Barrister (Inner Temple). He is a Member of the HAC and a Freeman of the City of London.
Major Christopher Goodwin TD DL
Christopher is a former regular and TA officer, having served in Cyprus, Germany, Northern Ireland and the UK.
He then had a career in international banking at Commerzbank in England, Germany and Hungary.
He moved on to British Invisibles, promoting UK Financial Services to the regions of Central and Eastern Europe, former Soviet Union countries and Latin America.
Most recently he has been a Diplomatic Consultant for a number of West End hotels.
He is currently a Consultant for The Ambassador Partnership, a unique specialist partnership of former Ambassadors with unrivalled networks of influence in almost
He is a Freeman of the City of London, and is married with 2 children.
Nitesh Gor DL
Nitesh is Chief Executive of Avanti Schools Trust. His experience encompasses CEO and director roles across the exploration, management consultancy and investment banking industries. He is a published author (Dharma of Capitalism, Kogan Page 2011) and a contributor to publications such as Forbes. Nitesh has a broad business strategy background gained as a result of working for two leading corporate strategy consultancies and as an independent advisor to corporate boards. His primary corporate focus is on leadership, strategy and entrepreneurship. Nitesh has an MBA from London Business School and an undergraduate degree from the University of London.
Maureen Gordon (aka Sheila McCalla-Gordon)
Maureen Gordon has worked in teaching in the primary education sector for the past 32 years in inner London. For the last 18 years she has worked as a headteacher in four schools; two of which as Camden’s first Executive headteacher (September 2009 – July 2013). She has also worked for the London Diocesan Board for Schools Academy Trust (February 2012 – July 2013) as a director and as a Leadership and management Advisor (September 2016 – July 2016) for the Hackney Learning Trust.
Maureen is married to Robert and they have 1 adult son (Bobby Gordon).
Sir Paul Grant DL
Sir Paul Grant has been Headteacher at Robert Clack School of Science in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham since April 1997. Robert Clack School of Science is a mixed, maintained comprehensive school, 11-18, which has risen from 1,200 pupils to over 2,000 pupils on three sites.
Sir Paul is a National Leader in Education. He was knighted for services to local and national education, appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London and was bestowed the Freedom of Barking and Dagenham in 2009. Sir Paul is a Trustee of the Robert Clack School Alumni and in 2012 he was appointed Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Education at the University of Hull, and Visiting Professor of the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Anglia Ruskin University. In 2013 he was appointed to the FA Premier League’s National Advisory Committee on Education.
Martin Griffiths DL
Born in South-east London to Jamaican parents, Martin is a consultant vascular and trauma surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust where he is the Lead for Trauma Surgery, Educational Lead for Surgery, and the Trauma Network lead for violence reduction. He had the privilege of training at the Medical School of St Bartholomew’s Hospital where he graduated with a distinction in Surgery and has lived and worked in London most of his life. He teaches undergraduate medical students at Barts, as well as Brighton & Sussex Medical School, and is part of the teaching faculty of numerous courses at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Martin has an active interest in humanitarian work and is a member of the community of practice of UK-Med, an NGO that deploys to sudden onset disasters worldwide. He has been a passionate advocate of diversity and equality, working in the community to promote fairness for over 15 years. He was recently appointed as the first ambassador to the Mary Seacole Trust, a charity that celebrates the life and achievements of Mary Seacole, a Jamaican born nurse who treated troops in the Crimean war, promoting her as a role model, tackling social challenges and inequality with a focus on youth engagement and the promotion of good citizenship.
He is a patron of St Giles Trust, a charity helping people facing severe disadvantage to find jobs, homes and the right support they need. Additionally, he has been working with schools for 20 years to reduce gun and knife violence and was recently appointed to the Violent Crime Prevention Board, under the leadership of Dr Neville Lawrence. The Board seeks to challenge the attitudes around interpersonal injury in London.
Mrs Colleen Harris MVO DL
Colleen is a communications professional and writer who has spent 30 years developing and managing strategies for Government Ministers, the UK Royal Family and multilateral organisations including as the Press Secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales, PRO to the former PM, Baroness Thatcher and as Communications Consultant at the WHO and the UN. Wishing to spend more time with her family, Colleen built her own PR and coaching consultancy. She serves on not-for-profit boards the YMCA (Central) and Dulwich Picture Gallery and is also a Member of Cancer Research. Colleen studied as a teacher and supports projects that support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve their potential, such as Ebony Horse Club in Brixton and the Tutu Foundation.
Commander John Herriman DL
John is passionate about the critical role education plays in creating opportunities for children to succeed in life and promotes this through his work as CEO of the London based charity Greenhouse Sports, and also with the Royal Naval Reserve where he is Commanding Officer of HMS PRESIDENT in Tower Hamlets, the largest of the Maritime Reserve Units. Through both his roles John is a keen supporter of youth engagement and development in the local community, and in particular has a strong belief in the power of sports to create opportunities to transform children’s lives. Professionally qualified as both an engineer and a teacher John is also part-time lecturer on a global MBA programme and holds Fellowships with the RGS, the CMI, CIPD, the IET and the RSA. Married to Janet they live in South East London with their two daughters.
Major David Hewer OBE TD DL
David completed 20 years service in the Royal Corps of Signals (TA) and 40 years service with HM Customs and Excise, retiring as Assistant Chief Investigation Officer and Head of Maritime Branch. He enjoys reading, playing with his grandchildren and assisting the staff at their primary school.
Fr Martin Hislop DL
Martin is the Vicar of St Luke’s CofE Parish in Kingston upon Thames where he has served since 2000. Martin emigrated as a young child with his parents to Australia returning to live and work in the United Kingdom in 2000.From his time in Australia and his professional service in the Federal Department of Aboriginal Affairs and as a university lecturer Martin has maintained a passionate interest and concern for social justice, equality, inclusion and education. Since being appointed parish priest at St Luke’s, Kingston upon Thames in 2000 Martin has played an active role in church, ecumenical and inter faith relations.
General Sir Nicholas Houghton GCB CBE ADC DL
Sir Nicholas was born in 1954 in Otley, West Yorkshire. He was educated at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and St Peter’s College, Oxford, where he did an in-service degree in modern history. Commissioned into the Green Howards in 1974, General Houghton was both a Company Commander in and Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion in the Mechanised and Air Mobile Roles and in Northern Ireland. He was later deployed as Senior British Military Representative and Deputy Commanding General, Multi-National Force – Iraq. He then became Chief of Joint Operations at Permanent Joint Headquarters and served as Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff before being appointed Chief of the Defence Staff in 2013. In 2016 General Houghton became the 160th Constable of the Tower of London.
Bruce Houlder Esq CB QC DL
Bruce lives in Mortlake. He was the first Director of Service Prosecutions from 2008-2013. He was called to the Bar in 1969, and made Queen’s Counsel in 1994. He has been a Recorder of the Crown Court since 1991, and is a Bencher of Gray’s Inn and a former Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association. He has travelled extensively promoting human rights and international justice principles in many countries including India, China, Mexico, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Kosovo, Sri Lanka and Brazil. He is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Law and Criminology Department at Sheffield Hallam University. He retains many interests including painting, music, cycling, and the countryside. He feels highly privileged to serve the Lord-Lieutenant as his representative in the London Borough of Hillingdon.
Stephen Howlett CBE DL
Stephen was awarded a CBE in the 2018 New Year Honours.
Stephen has worked in housing for over 42 years culminating in being the chief executive of Peabody for 13 years. Peabody is one of London’s largest and oldest housing regeneration charities. Stephen led the growth and development of Peabody into becoming one of the capital’s leading developers of new homes. In this role he led the acquisition of much of Thamesmead and the development of plans for the regeneration of the area involving the proposed development of 20,000 homes and a new town centre. Stephen also promoted the development of a range of community programmes for disadvantaged communities.
In recognition of his contribution to the built environment, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2017.
Stephen is also heavily involved in education. He was Chair and Pro-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich until 31 July 2017 and is now the Chair of London and South East Colleges, a group of further education colleges and academies in South East London.
Vice Admiral Sir Adrian Johns KCB CBE DL
Adrian served for 35 years in the Royal Navy specialising as a helicopter pilot and flying instructor but also commanding five times at sea ranging from a minesweeper to HMS OCEAN, Britain’s largest warship. He was Head of the Fleet Air Arm for 5 years and retired from the Navy as Second Sea Lord and Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command in 2008. He was Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Gibraltar from 2009 to 2013. Amongst a variety of charitable interests he is a trustee and Deputy Chairman of the National Museum of the Royal Navy and Patron of a number of Veterans’ Associations.
Colonel Neil Johnson OBE TD DL
Neil Commanded 4th Battalion The Royal Green Jackets [now Rifles] in London from 1985 to 1989 and was subsequently appointed Rep DL for Westminster where he served for 15 years. Outside Military and Lieutenancy life he followed a career in engineering and financial services. He is currently Chairman of Motability Operations Group Plc, Electra Private Equity Plc and Synthomer Plc. He also sits on the Board of The Business Growth Fund and has held advisory roles to a number of Government Committees. He lives in London and is married with 7 daughters.
Sir Ian Johnston CBE QPM DL
Sir Ian served 44 years as a police officer, his last 2 role being an assistant commissioner in the Metropolitan Police, with responsibility for day to day policing across London, and as the Chief Constable of the British Transport Police who operated on the railways across the UK. His most recent job was as the Director of Security for the Organising Committee for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. He is currently having a third go at retiring and, amongst other things, is devoting more time to his role as Chairman of Orpington Rovers Boys Football club.
David Jones Esq DL
David is a partner of international investment specialists Oldfield Partners. Apart from this work, he is chairman of New Model School Company, a provider of excellent but affordable independent education; he is a governor of Gresham’s School, a trustee of National Crimebeat, the prison ministry lead for St. Nicholas Church, Chiswick, a member of the Council of the High Sheriffs’ Association of England & Wales and a member of the court of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers. He was High Sheriff of Greater London 2013-14.
He lives in Chiswick with his wife and three children. Interests include gardens, walking, wine, food and the arts.
Lt Colonel David EJ Kemmis Betty MBE DL
David ‘KB’ had a rather unique globetrotting career in the Regular Army until 2013. He then worked in the commercial risk-management sector, including 5 years with the oil industry in Pakistan and 2 years back home in London helping British business to trade in complex frontier markets. He joined the Army Reserve in 2020 and is currently the Army’s subject matter expert and policy lead on ‘Human Security’.
David served on operations in Northern Ireland for 8 yrs then Kosovo (2000 & 2001), Iraq (2003), Afghanistan (2006 & 2010) and Libya during the Arab Spring (2011). In 2008/9 he worked in Islamabad as a counter-terrorist liaison officer and attended Pakistan’s Army Command & Staff College in Quetta. He then spent 3 years as a roving Attaché working in troubled spots across South Asia, Africa, the Middle East, South America and the Caucasus. He left the Regular Army from a post in Whitehall supporting HMG’s counter-terrorism strategy. David has an MSc from the University of Balochistan and an MA from King’s College London. He is an active member of The Pakistan Society, Royal Society for Asian Affairs and St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge. He has lived in Pimlico, Chelsea, Earl’s Court and since 2016 in West Putney. He is interested in global conflict analysis, resilience & risk management, British culture and heritage, community integration, life-long learning and the Armed Forces.
Paul Kennerley RD DL
Paul qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in the City of London becoming involved in the City civic and commercial, education, a City Company, the Reserve Forces, and various charities. Worked in the City 1971/2012. Master 2008/9 Parish Clerks’ Co, Honorary Ward Clerk and Parochial Church Council member for St Margaret Lothbury.
Reserve Forces 1971/2009 attached to London District. Honorary Surveyor Guards’ Chapel. Governor London Nautical School and Emanuel School. Trustee of various charities for clergy, education and Jubilee Sailing Trust. Chairman John Rice Charity. Enjoys ocean sailing, choral music and maintains a strong interest in world affairs and military matters.
Sir Kenneth Knight CBE QFSM DL
Sir Ken Knight retired as the London Fire Commissioner in 2007 following which, he was appointed as the Government’s Chief Fire adviser. He could continues to provide advice to both public and private sector organisations. In December 2014, Sir Ken was appointed as the Lead Commissioner in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets until March 2017 and in 2016 the Government appointed him to undertake a review for electronic voting for industrial strikes. He was awarded the Queens’ Fire Service Medal in 1991, the Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2001 and Knighted in 2006.
Sir Ken Knight was the Representative DL for Richmond upon Thames from 2006 until 2016
Mr Richard Kornicki CBE DL
A former Senior Civil Servant in the Home Office, Richard Kornicki served as a Ministerial Private Secretary and at various times had responsibilities for civil emergencies, policing, counter-terrorism and setting up the Serious Organised Crime Agency. He also served on secondment in the Department of Health and the Cabinet Office.
He has lived in the Borough of Ealing for many years and takes a particular interest in the work of the voluntary sector and of cadets.
He is Chairman of the Polish Air Force Memorial Committee and works closely with senior levels in the RAF and the Polish Air Force.
Miss Mei Sim Lai OBE DL
Of Malaysian Chinese origin, Mei Sim has lived in the UK since 1970. She is the Founder & Principal of LaiPeters & Co, Chartered Accountants based in the City of London. Since the 1990s Mei Sim has held and currently holds a number of Board appointments in the private, public, City and charity & voluntary sectors. In 2011-2012 she was Master of the Worshipful Company of World Traders, the first Chinese person in the history of the City of London to be Master of a Livery Company. In 2012 Mei Sim won the Asian Women of Achievement of Awards for Public Service in 2012.
Ms Pinky Lilani CBE DL
Pinky Lilani is founder and chair of a number of awards which attempt to recognise influential women and leaders: Asian Women of Achievement Awards;the Women of the Future Award; and, the Global Empowerment Award. She is an Indian cookery specialist, consultant and owner of Spice Magic Ltd
Surgeon Commodore Robin McNeill Love OStJ DL RN
Dr Robin McNeill Love is a Consultant Occupational Physician working in the City of London since January 2015. Prior to this, he served in the Royal Navy between 1981 and 2014. Serving in the UK and internationally, appointments have included: Principal Medical Officer (PMO) of HM Yacht BRITANNIA (1992-94); PMO of the Aircraft Carrier HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (1995-97); Staff Medical Officer (SMO) for the “OCEAN WAVE 97” Global Carrier Task Group; Commanding Officer of the Royal Naval Hospital (RNH) Gibraltar (2002-6); President of the Naval Service Medical Board of Survey (2006-9); Defence Postgraduate Medical Dean (2009-10). He attended the prestigious Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS), London, in 2011. As Assistant Head of Medical Policy for the Surgeon General (2011-13), he was also the UK Delegate to the NATO Military Healthcare Committee. In 2013, Surgeon Captain McNeill Love was privileged to be appointed an Honorary Physician to HM The Queen (QHP) and then promoted to Surgeon Commodore RN and appointed Head of the Royal Naval Medical Service. Surgeon Commodore Robin McNeill Love QHP RN left the Royal Navy in December 2014.
Dr Robin McNeill Love commenced working as a Consultant Occupational Physician in the City of London in January 2015. Since November 2019, he has also worked as a Medical Assessor for the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Between 2015-18 he served as a trustee of the UK military charity, the Officers’ Association, with particular emphasis on the benevolence area of operations. In 2017, as a result of the UK’s national nomination, Dr McNeill Love was elected to be a Vice-President of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (Bern, Switzerland). Since 2017, he has served as a member of the Medical Board (previously the Medical Group) of the international demining charity, The HALO Trust, and the following year he was elected as the 2018 Prime Warden of the City of London’s Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths. In January 2019, Dr McNeill Love was honoured to be commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant (“DL”) for the Greater London Lieutenancy. In connection with his DL role he is a representative for the Lord-Lieutenant on the Order of St John’s Greater London County Priory Group.
Robin is married to Penelope (known as “Poppy”) and they have four adult children. He is a member of “Chatham House”, a Regional Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and his interests include international affairs, travel, music, tennis and skiing.
Ms Kathryn McDowell CBE DL
Managing Director of the London Symphony Orchestra since 2005, Kathryn has held a variety of roles in the arts, including Music Director of the Arts Council; leading the bid to build Wales Millenium Centre in Cardiff; and directing City of London Festival. Brought up in Northern Ireland, she has a special interest in education, and currently serves on the Board of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is Chair of the Association of British Orchestras and the UK Family Arts Campaign; and a member of St Paul’s Cathedral Council. Her wider interests include tennis, hill-walking and travel.
Mr Kevin McGrath DL
Kevin is a Chartered Surveyor and is Chairman of M&M Asset Management. He was High Sheriff of Greater London 2014/15.
Kevin has worked in the property industry for over 30 years and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors and is a Freeman of the City of London.
He is Chair of the McGrath Charitable Trust: Chair of The Lyric Theatre Hammersmith: Vice Chair of The Clink Prison Restaurant Charity; Chair of The Islamix Foundation: Board Governor of the London South Bank University and Phoenix High School; Chair of QPR Ladies Football Club; and Trustee of the National Education Trust; The Old Vic Theatre and the QPR Sport in the Community Trust.
Avril McIntyre DL
Avril has been working in the not for profit sector for 30 years. During her 13 year role as Chief Executive of LifeLine Community Projects, it grew from grassroots to a charity with an annual turnover of £5million equipping people for life and work through a range of services including employability programmes, family support and mentoring.
Since then, Avril has been leading a grassroots charity which mobilises people to find solutions to the problems faced in their community. Initiatives developed by volunteers seek to tackle the issues primarily caused by poverty and isolation. She also leads the community development arm of LifeLine Church.
Avril is passionate about social change, has a busy household and loves to talk!
Mr Michael Messinger LVO QPM DL
Michael Messinger’s professional life was in the Metropolitan Police Service where he served for 40 years working in various posts in south and central London. On retirement in 2006 he continued a long association with St John Ambulance by volunteering both in the London region where he was the Commander and latterly at the national headquarters where he is currently a trustee and also the Chief Volunteer for the charity. He is very interested in promoting and championing volunteering of all types with a particular emphasis on encouraging young people to volunteer.
When not working he enjoys watching sport, reading and walking.
Professor David Miles DL
David Miles joined Kingston University as a lecturer in 1972. Professor of Business Education 1993, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law from 1983 to 1999, Pro Vice-Chancellor External Affairs from 1999 to 2007, he is currently Honorary Dean of Alumni & Development.
David was a City Councillor in Westminster, a member of the Inner London Education Authority, and Chair of the Council for Education in World Citizenship. His current roles include: Trustee of the Citizenship Foundation, Trustee of the Institute of Direct Marketing, and Trustee of Kingston University Students’ Union.
Mr Leslie Morgan OBE DL
Leslie is a pharmacist, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He bought and transformed a retail pharmacy into one of the world’s leading specialist Pharmaceutical and medical distributors supplying 23,000 different products to 180 countries. He has pioneered the free donation of in date pharmaceuticals exceeding £22m to charities in developing countries. He is a visiting fellow at Cass Business School, specialising in lecturing in philanthropic issues and is Chairman of The Morgan Charitable Foundation. He is a Liveryman with The World Traders as well as the Blacksmiths.
Leslie was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to the Pharmaceutical Industry and Charity.
Lieutenant Colonel Roderick Morriss TD DL
In the past, Lieutenant Colonel Morriss has commanded a Royal Artillery Regiment (TA), been involved in international shipping policy on behalf of OECD ship owners, and been past Master of the Worshipful Company of Glovers of London and Past President/Chairman of the British Glove Association. He currently holds a number of voluntary appointments: Area President – St John Ambulance; Chairman – North London Scouts County; Vice President – North East London Scouts County; Chairman – Hackney Wick Community Training Centre (UXL); Branch President – The Royal British Legion; Area President – Normandy Veterans Association; Prior of the – Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem; Trustee – the Lord Mayor of London’s National Flood & Tempest Distress Fund; Chairman – the Chattels Charity; Board member – the National Artillery Association.
Married and with interests in skiing, sub aqua, sailing, shooting, cycling and training for the next London Marathon.
Colonel Robert Murfin TD DL
Robert Murfin served for over 30 years in the Territorial Army in a variety of appointments including command of 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) (V) and eight years with the ACF as Commandant of
Kent Army Cadet Force.
He was appointed the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Bromley in 2001. He is the Clerk to a City of London Livery Company.
Mrs Bushra Nasir CBE DL
Mrs. Bushra Nasir is an experienced educationalist. She was the first female Muslim Head Teacher of a state secondary school. She is a trained Head Teacher mentor, School Improvement Partner and Advisor to governors for Head Teacher appraisal.
She is co-author of a book entitled ‘ Breaking stereotypes.’ She has been a keynote speaker at a number on national educational conferences. In 2012, Mrs. Nasir was awarded Head Teacher of the year by the Times Educational Supplement. She has received a number of recognitions and awards including a CBE, Asian Professional woman of the Year, Muslim News award for Faith into Action, Windrush award for Educational High Flier, Honorary Doctorate from University of East London and a Fellowship from QMUL. Currently she mentors 5 Head Teachers and supports a number of schools as a School Improvement Partner. She is a Council member of QMUL, board member of Mosaic (one of the Prince’s charities) and is the Chair of the Education committee of the Migration Museum Project.
Mrs Gillian Norton DL
Gillian was appointed Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Richmond in 2016 after retiring as Chief Executive of the Council, a post she held for 17 years. She is also a Freeman of the Borough. Her executive career was spent in local government beginning in the Greater London Council and included posts in Woking and Wokingham, where she was also Chief Executive for nearly 7 years.
She is a Non Executive Director and Chair Designate of St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and a trustee of SE London Relate.
She is married with 2 grown up daughters and lives in Surbiton.
Reverand Nims Obunge MBE DL
Nims is Pastor of Freedoms Ark and CEO of The Peace Alliance which works with faith, community, statutory and business organisations. He chaired the London Criminal Justice Board Advisory Group and has advised the government on social justice issues including crime and inequality. Nims pioneered the Week of Peace, he facilitates the London Leadership and Peace Awards and is a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London.
Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens DL.
Simon Ovens was born in Westminster in 1967 and has lived in London ever since. Simon joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1987 and has held Police Borough Commander positions in Merton, Westminster and Harrow. He is Chair of the London Branch of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales.He is chair of the Metropolitan Police Museum Advisory Board, with responsibility for the five MPS Museums. He is also chair of the Metropolitan Police Historical Society.He is the Chairman of Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan and City Police Widows and Orphans Fund. He is chair of trustees of the Metropolitan Police Benevolent Fund.
Simon was awarded a Testimonial on Parchment from the Royal Humane Society in January 1999 for saving the life of a man who was trying to throw himself from a bridge. He was commended for bravery in disarming a man with a knife in December 1998 and again for leadership and managerial ability in January 2002 and for leadership in 2004. In 2011 he was commended for his actions during the riots of that summer. In 2016 he was awarded a Royal Humane Society Resuscitation Certificate for saving the life of an elderly woman.
In 2012 he became a Freeman of the City of London.
Justin Packshaw Esq MBE
Justin is a world class adventurer, philanthropist and entrepreneur. He is the Chairman of the travel company Joro Experiences and the co-founder of the luxury brand, De Roemer. Formally an Army officer, he has sailed for Britain and led expeditions all over the world including both the North & South Poles and summited Mount Everest. He is a strong supporter of youth development, wounded Service personnel and environmental issues. He is an ambassador for the Governments ‘GREAT’ campaign and The Princes Trust. He talks to businesses and schools on the ‘Science of Achievement’ and ‘Human Excellence’
Professor Paul Palmer DL
Paul Palmer is the Associate Dean for Ethics, Sustainability and Engagement and Director, Centre for Charity Effectiveness; a UN PRME Champion and Principal Fellow HEA. He is also Professor of Voluntary Sector Management where his work divides into two distinct areas – Civil Society Organisations and Responsible Management Education.
As overall Director of Cass CCE Paul leads one of the school’s two centres of excellence. CCE undertakes research, runs five Master’s degrees and a suite of professional education and consultancy activities. Paul’s specialisation is in the governance and financial sustainability of organisations, his PhD focused on regulation and control. He is independent consultant on charities to UBS and External Examiner for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Current voluntary roles include being the Founder Trustee of the Honorary Treasures Forum and Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Grant Making Committee of the Hospital Saturday Fund. Past Trustee roles have included being Chair and President of the Royal Society of Public Health, NCVO Trading Company and the Charity Commission SORP Committee.
Paul’s other interest is Responsible Management Education and he has served as Associate Dean of Ethics, Sustainability and Engagement since 2010, leading a refocusing on introducing these elements into the school’s curriculum. His joint work with charity education was recognised in 2015 being elected a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2018 he was appointed as a UN PRME Champion and elected on to the Advisory Committee. Paul is the Principal Investigator of an externally funded initiative (2015-2020) on aspiration mentoring and coaching in STEM subjects in inner London schools undertaken by second year business school undergraduates. Current voluntary roles, in addition to the UN, include being on the Ethics Committee of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments. Past roles have included project managing the Lord Mayor’s Restoring Trust initiative and CSR reviewer for the ESRC.
Dr Mary-Clare Parker DL
Mary-Clare was born and raised in south east London, and works as a GP in Greenwich. An elected member of the LMC (Local Medical Committee), she is a fierce advocate of the NHS, and supports the role of general practice in reducing health inequalities across London. Mary-Clare is also the College Doctor for Morden College in Blackheath, an independent charity providing housing, support and nursing care for older people.
Married to Steven, she has four children and lives in Blackheath. Leisure pursuits include reading, music, theatre, and walking her dogs.
Wing Commander Ed Partridge CVO OBE DL
Ed taught biology at a comprehensive school in Somerset for two years before joining the Education Branch of the RAF. After serving for four years she left to have a family. She rejoined five years later as an Intelligence Officer. She has been a Deputy Lieutenant since 2003 and served as the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Hillingdon from January 2004 to December 2013. She is a former trustee of the Bentley Priory Museum Endowment Fund, Hon President of 1381 (West Drayton) Air Training Corps, a great supporter of youth work and cadet units and is a local patron of the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre at Mount Vernon Hospital.
Ed lives in north west London and is a Freeman of Hillingdon, the City of London, and has an Honorary Doctorate from Brunel University.
Professor David Phoenix OBE DL
David is Vice Chancellor and CEO of London South Bank University and a member of the HEFCE Strategic Committee for Teaching Quality and the Student Experience. He was elected to Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) for his contribution to medical research and education, made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to Science and Higher Education and elected to the prestigious role of Academician by the Academy of Social Sciences for his work in areas linked to educational policy. The University of Bolton has awarded him with an honorary doctorate for his contribution to management and scholarship in the North West region and he was honoured by Vice Premier Liu Yandong for his individual achievements in China. He has special interests in education and science outreach having sat as a governor for a number of schools. He remains keen to support opportunities for children and young people in the UK and overseas.
Ian Pittaway BEM DL
Ian is a solicitor and the Senior Partner of City Law firm , Sacker & Partners , which specialises in pensions law.
Ian was brought up in Barking and Dagenham and still has close connections with the Borough.
Ian is passionate about social mobility and very much supports the Lord- Lieutenant’s policy of building bridges for a fairer London. Ian is the chair and co – founder of the Alumni Association of his old school , Robert Clack in Dagenham. The alumni association of the school has over 1300 members all actively helping, in a variety of different ways , the current generation of pupils to fulfil their potential. He is also a keen supporter of Leadership Through Sport and Business , which runs structured courses in conjunction with football clubs and colleges enabling young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to find apprenticeships in finance and accounting.
In his spare time he likes watching West Ham , going horseracing and learning more about wine.
He is married with one grown up son.
Ms Rosi Prescott DL
Rosi is the first woman at the helm of Central YMCA – the world’s first YMCA, founded in 1844, and now the largest global youth charity with almost 60 million members in over 120 countries – she has been in post since 2004. Leading up to that, Rosi was an educator and entrepreneur both home and abroad, founding one of the earliest health clubs in the UK in the mid ‘80s before tying her spotted hanky to a stick and making her way to London (no cat) to first volunteer, then work, at the YMCA.
Colonel Hugh Purcell OBE DL
Colonel Hugh Purcell is CEO of the Greater London and City Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Associations. Related roles include charitable trusteeships, Chairman Youth Organizations Uniform, Clerk to The All Party Parliamentary Group Reserves & Cadets, board member University of London Military Education Committee and Remember WW1. Other pro bono appointments include patron of the Motivational Preparation College for Training, member Team London and Youth Research Forum, ambassador for ‘Soldier on’.
Born in Dublin his military service was concluded in 2007 working for three Government Departments, sustaining and creating partnerships with 35 countries.
Married to Lucie, they live in London.
John Purnell Esq GM QPM DL
John Purnell served for 35 years throughout London with the Metropolitan Police, retiring as Deputy Assistant Commissioner. Following his police career he was the Tesco Corporate Security Director retiring in 2006.
Representative Deputy Lieutenant since 2007.
Awarded George Medal 1977. Queen’s Police Medal 1996. Order of St John of Jerusalem 2012
Liveryman of the City of London. Joint Principal Founder, Clerk and Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals.
President of Harrow St John Ambulance. Patron Harrow United Deaf Club. Treasurer Bushey Old Peoples’ Luncheon Club.
Interests- walking, golf, rugby, reading and cooking.
Rev’d Canon David Reindorp TD DL
David was born in London as was his father and grandfather. David, like both of them, is a London parish priest. Many people remember his father George from his time as Provost of Southwark, Bishop of Guildford and later Salisbury. David started his work life in the City, then trained as a social worker, working for the borough of Westminster, before going to Cambridge to train for the priesthood. David has worked on a housing estate, a county town, two rural villages, a suburb and is now vicar of Chelsea Old Church. For 20 years he served as Chaplain to Honorable Artillery Company and to the Worshipful Company of Fanmakers and Canon of Ely. Currently David is Area Dean of Chelsea. David is married to Suzy and has 3 children.
Major John Rodwell DL
John served for sixteen years in the Grenadier Guards before joining SG Warburg & Co and subsequently Mercury Asset Management for a further 20 years. He is Chairman of The Hedley Foundation and Vice President of the Cavalry and Guards Club. He has served as Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Boroughs of Enfield and Ealing and now assists, when invited, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Martin Russell Esq DL
Martin Russell provides education in the ways of wholesale financial markets to a range of institutions and firms in London and beyond. He became a banker and later a corporate treasurer, and has served with the Regular, Reserve and Cadet Forces. A family man, each of his sons is an officer in the Regular Army, and his daughter a Reservist.
Babulal Sethia Esq DL
Babulal Sethia (usually known as ‘B’) is a congenital heart surgeon at the Royal Brompton Hospital and the current President of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) (2014-17). After training in London and Glasgow he was a Consultant in Birmingham for 13 years before returning to London in 1999. He has helped to develop congenital heart programmes in a number of countries on a voluntary basis and has a major interest in global health. As President of the RSM he has promoted new programmes in global health and in widening access to careers in healthcare. He and his wife Nicky have 4 children. His other interests are classical music, sport and wine.
Stuart Shilson LVO DL
Stuart is a Senior Partner of McKinsey & Company. He studied at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and the Inns of Court School of Law in Clerkenwell before being called to the Bar by the Middle Temple. After a number of years in practice, he joined McKinsey’s London office in 1997. From 1999 to 2000 he was a Senior Civil Servant in the Cabinet Office, and from 2001 to 2004 was Assistant Private Secretary to The Queen (for which he was appointed LVO). Throughout his career he has combined a busy professional life with providing extensive support to a number of charities; these include The Order of St John where Stuart has spent more than 20 years, including as President of the Richmond & Watney Mortlake Division of the St John Ambulance and ultimately as a member of The Order’s worldwide governing body. Stuart is a Fellow of Goodenough College, London, and a member of the Court of the Drapers’ Company which focuses its charitable activities on education, the armed forces, social exclusion and mental health in London. He also serves as an Honorary Steward at Westminster Abbey.
Colonel Piers Storie-Pugh OBE TD DL
Piers took over the role of Chief Executive of The Not Forgotten Association (NFA) in January 2011. He is also currently a Trustee of The League of Mercy and a Reserve Forces Honorary Colonel. In 1985 Piers set up and ran Remembrance Travel for The Royal British Legion, an operation that specialised in visits to war cemeteries and memorials worldwide. He commanded his Territorial Army Battalion 1991-19923 and was then appointed Deputy Commander 2nd Infantry Brigade and TA Colonel 4th Division 1994-1997 in the rank of Full Colonel. He became the Reserve Forces representative on the Control Board of the Army Benevolent Fund in 1995 and was appointed ADC to HM The Queen in 1996. Piers Storie-Pugh is an MBE (Mil) and an OBE (Civ).
Geoffrey Thompson Esq DL
Educated at Campbell College, Belfast, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where he read music, and Southbank University, where he did an MBA, Geoffrey recently retired after 45 years as a secondary school teacher, 22 as Head of two comprehensive schools: the Duchess’s School, Alnwick; and Mill Hill County High School, the latter including leadership of Barnet’s separate provision for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties.
His emphases throughout his career were the importance of excellent student behaviour and high quality, mass participation extra-curricular activities and trips. A keen pianist, he also spent much time conducting choral and operatic societies.
Under Geoffrey’s headship, Mill Hill County High School’s music became acknowledged to be quite exceptional, not only within the comprehensive sector: he established a unique nine-year tradition, still continuing, of joint concerts at school with the full Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Having benefited from his own school Combined Cadet Force experiences and from his membership of the Cambridge University OTC, Geoffrey established a now-thriving Mill Hill County High School CCF contingent, in partnership with Mill Hill School.
Bringing his personal mountain sport enthusiasms to the benefit of his students, Geoffrey also made a major contribution to outdoor education, founding and running, for over a decade, a professionally-guided school alpine mountaineering course in Chamonix and leading a school first ascent Himalayan expedition.
A family man, Geoffrey has been a governor of both state and independent schools and a Trustee of the Barnet Educational Arts Trust.
Cyrus Todiwala Esq OBE DL
Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL is a restaurateur, author, educationist and popular media personality. Together with Pervin Todiwala, he runs three London restaurants: Café Spice Namaste, the longest standing recipient of a Michelin BIB Gourmand award; Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen and The Park Café. In 2015, he opened the River Restaurant in Goa and a new restaurant isn planned for late 2017. A recipient of an Education & Training CATEY, the hospitality industry’s Oscars, he is also a Fellow of the Craft Guild of Chefs and a founding member of the Guild of Entrepreneurs. He founded the national competition, Zest Quest Asia, in collaboration with the Master Chefs of Great Britain, to nurture knowledge and skills of Asian cuisine among ‘homegrown’ British chefs. He was invited to cook the first luncheon for HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Traverse-Healy DL
Kevin is a consultant in public sector communication and marketing. He was with the Cabinet Office (COI) and was an advisor to a European Commission vice president. A Deputy Lieutenant since 2006, Kevin commanded the Army Cadet Force Public Relations Unit, with the retired rank of Major. A past president of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, Kevin lectures at the University of Switzerland and has an MA in Mass Communication. A past director of a charity running aid convoys to Sahrawi refugee camps, he is a trustee of Sir Ranulph Fiennes’s Transglobe Expedition Trust and lives in Kennington.
Dr Pieter van Der Merwe MBE DL
Pieter is General Editor (part-time) of Royal Museums Greenwich, after joining the staff of the National Maritime Museum in 1974. His specialist work has included maritime history, art and archaeology, and the history of theatrical scene-painting and panoramic entertainments. He is a Vice-President and Fellow of the Society for Nautical Research, a committee member and former Chairman of the Society for Theatre Research and current Vice-Chairman of the Turner Society. He was appointed MBE in 2012 for services to heritage and the community in Royal Greenwich, for which he has been Representative DL since 2013. Educated at the Universities of Manchester and Bristol (Ph.D 1979), he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Greenwich in 2015.
Brigadier Tony Verey QVRM TD DL
Tony served in the Territorial Army for forty two years. Subsequently he was Chairman of Greater London Reserve Forces and Cadets Association for ten years and is currently Chairman of the Society of Friends of the National Army Museum. He is a building surveyor by profession and spent twenty five years with Brakspear’s Brewery as the property director. He now runs his own planning consultancy. He is curator of the Berkshire Yeomanry Museum.
Sandra Wagg DL
Sandra Wagg’s career incorporated many years in the financial services sector in London, New York and Hong Kong for UK investment banks. Since leaving the City, Sandra has worked in recruitment for senior level positions in the City, gained an MSc in Corporate Governance and served as Chairman of House and a member of the Main Committee at the Hurlingham Club as well as being involved in the local community. Sandra is passionate about supporting opportunities for young people in London.
Sandra is currently Chairman of the Feathers Association, a charity founded in 1934 assisting in youth and community works in London, both through its own youth club and grants. She is also involved in restoring an historic collection on behalf of London Youth to raise the profile and generate funds for the Charity. She has two daughters.
Mrs Clare Whelan OBE DL
Clare is the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Merton. She was a local councillor from 1990-2014 holding different roles including Mayor, Cabinet Member, Scrutiny Chair and Health & Wellbeing Board member and active in the cross-Party Local Government Association. Her day job at Westminster involved working with politicians and the policy world. She is now an advisor on healthcare and local government. Clare was appointed an OBE in 2013 for services to local government, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Chair of the London Mayors’ Association
Colonel Ray Wilkinson QVRM TD VR DL
Ray Wilkinson is the Chief Executive of East Anglia RFCA, supporting Reserves & Cadets throughout the region on behalf of the MOD, by managing their estate, providing professional support staff to the Cadets, and maintaining links with the civilian community.
He has served in numerous third sector voluntary appointments, mostly with organisations in Greater London, including Working with Words, a Social Enterprise based in Woolwich, the Sir William Boreman Trust, a grant making trust for young people in Lewisham and Greenwich, and MCCH Society, a social care provider with services based in and around London and the South East. He is currently a Trustee of Zetetick Housing, a charity that provides specialist housing for vulnerable people mainly within the Borough of Croydon.
A former Territorial Army and Army Reserve Officer he is now privileged to be the Honorary Colonel of 71st (City of London) Yeomanry Signal Regiment, which has sub units in the City, the Borough of Bexley, the Borough of Croydon, the Borough of Hillingdon, the Borough of Waltham Forest, and the County of Essex.
Ray is a Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman of The Drapers Company. He is married to Elizabeth, a retired Hospital Play Therapist, and they have two adult sons and two grandchildren.
The Rev’d Canon Dr Flora Winfield
The Rev’d Canon Dr Flora Winfield was one of the first women ordained in the Church of England and now serves as the Anglican Communion Representative to the United Nations. Over 26 years in ordained ministry, Flora has been in parish ministry, university chaplaincy and teaching, ecumenical work, international relations, cathedral ministry and most recently, served for seven years as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Secretary for Anglican Relations. Flora has served as a Chaplain to the Reserve Forces for 18 years and is Chaplain to the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry. Her other voluntary work has been concentrated around issues of homelessness and education for girls and women.
Major Charles Winstanley TD JP DL
Appointed to the Lieutenancy in 1997, Charles Winstanley served for ten years as Rep DL for Camden. He is Chair of the Board at the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, sits as a member of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal, and is on the audit committee of the Supreme Court. A former regular soldier with active service in the Middle East and Northern Ireland, he later commanded TA units in London and Belfast. He was a non-executive director of the Ministry of Defence until 2014.
Dame Fiona Woolf DBE DL
Dame Fiona Woolf is an energy and infrastructure lawyer with CMS Cameron McKenna who has worked on projects and reforms, particularly in the electricity sector, in over 40 countries. A past President of the Law Society, she was Lord Mayor of London in 2013/14 promoting London and the whole of the UK–based financial, professional and business services sector. Only the second woman in the role since 1189, she seized the opportunity to champion diversity and inclusion and also urban sustainability and the transition to a low carbon economy. She is also a Trustee of the Science Museum Group which enables her to continue promoting STEM subjects to young people. In her spare time she sings with the Chelsea Opera Group, of which she is President.
Ms Roxanne Zand DL
Harvard and Oxford educated, Roxane Zand began a career in museum and arts administration after three years in UNESCO. She left Iran after the Revolution to resume professional activities in London in the field of education and the arts, and as one of the founding members of the Harvard Club of London. She was an officer of the Iran Heritage Foundation before moving to Asia House, as well as freelance consultancies for numerous projects for the British Museum and elsewhere in the art world before joining Sothebys in 2006 where she is now Deputy Chairman for the Middle East. Currently she sits on the Advisory Council of the Pictet Art Prize, the Development Board of the University of the Arts London, and has been appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant in London. She is also arts editor for the Encyclpoedia Islamica. At Sothebys she has played an instrumental role in developing and contributing to sales of Arab and Iranian art, and has conducted a number of charity auctions to benefit causes in the MENA region.